Bridwell Library provides academic resources to support the educational programs of Perkins School of Theology and the Graduate Program in Religious Studies. It is the principal bibliographic resource at Southern Methodist University for the fields of theology and religious studies. The library’s particular subject area strengths are Christian thought and theology, Biblical studies, church history and American Methodism.
The types of materials acquired by Bridwell Library include books, serials, audio/visual materials, electronic resources, and rare materials. As of 2019, the library collection includes 396,000 volumes, subscriptions to 700 periodicals, and a wealth of information available through various types of resources and formats.