General Information

The Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library, located on the main floor of Schneider Hall, contains the University’s research collection in art, design and architectural history. The Art Library holds more than 93,000 volumes, subscribes to over 300 domestic and foreign journals and museum bulletins, has hundreds of videos and DVDs, provides access to the major indexes, and is actively building a strong collection of artists' books.

The Art Library's collections cover the areas of painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, glass, photography, architectural history, interior architecture, graphic design, art education, pottery, fiber arts and decorative arts. The collection is particularly strong in photography, modern and contemporary art, and textiles and fiber art.

The Art Library also has a rare book room which holds approximately 3,000 rare and scarce volumes and about 200 linear feet of archival materials housing the papers of artists and architects, most with local connections. Artist files contain exhibition notices, brochures, newspaper and journal articles, and other ephemera on artists from the region or who have a connection to the region. Information files contain newspaper and journal articles, brochures, reports, student papers, etc., on topics related to Louisville, to Kentucky and to the region.

The Art Library is open 73 hours a week during the Fall and Spring semesters. You can learn more about the library on these web pages and by looking for Art Library entries on the Art Department's Facebook page, and the University Libraries’ blog.

Goals of the Art Library:

  • To provide collections and scholarly electronic resources that support the teaching and research programs of the Department of Fine Arts
  • To provide highly qualified and responsive staff who are dedicated to service.
  • To work with the Fine Arts faculty to develop students’ abilities to use the library’s resources.
  • To support the research and cultural needs of others in the university and the community.

Art Library services include:

  • a group study room for information literacy classes, viewing DVDs and images, and group study.
  • two scanners
  • “Research One-on-One,” a program that provides individualized help with library research.