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Bridwell|Art Library

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The Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library, located on the main floor of Schneider Hall, contains the University of Louisville's research collection in art, design, and architecture. The Art Library holds nearly 90,000 volumes, subscribes to over 300 domestic and foreign journals and museum bulletins, has hundreds of DVDs, provides access to the major indexes, and is actively building a strong collection of over 500 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 Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library contains the University of Louisville's research collection in art, design, and architecture.

The Art Library also has a rare book room that 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 year-round to the public. You can learn more about the library at the Art Library'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 Hite Institute of Art & Design.
  • To provide highly qualified and responsive staff who are dedicated to service.
  • To work with faculty to develop students’ information literacy, visual literacy, and library research skills.
  • To support the research and cultural needs of others in the university and the community.

Art Library Services:

  • Reserve our conference room for class instruction, viewing DVDs and images, meetings, and group study. 
  • Scan, copy, and print materials for your classes.
  • Schedule research consultations with the Art Librarian. Click the Schedule Appointment button to the right.

Courtney Stine

Director, Art Library

Art Library

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