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 videos and 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.