Smart See, Smart Do: Wake Forest University

Hit the books in style at Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Wake_lib320  While the library of any college campus is a site that most students will see a lot of, it is not necessarily a site one will want to see a lot of.  At Wake Forest University, however, this is not the case.  Z. Smith Reynolds Library encompasses the spirit and purpose of Wake Forest—academic passion and community.  It has the same architectural beauty as the rest of the Winston-Salem, North Carolina campus while still maintaining its logistical purpose—to help students, faculty, and staff succeed.

With over 52 employed librarians, all of whom have a masters in library science, you can count on the fact that the staff is more than equipped and eager to assist library patrons—and you might need assistance in navigating ZSR’s wide array of material.  The Reynolds wing, which is the first room you’ll walk into while visiting, is the original library.  The Wilson Wing is an annex and was completed in 1991.  The atrium that joins the two together is both stunning and practical, including additional study space and a 20th century Browsing Collection.  Also available for student and community use is a rare books collection, over 1.7 million volumes in text, study rooms, and a two-story Starbucks—an invaluable resource for any student attempting an all-nighter.  The Bridge is the technical support area on campus, conveniently located where a great majority of students bring their laptops to study.

To find out more about the Z. Smith Reynolds Library stop by on your campus visit and experience this campus hub. Attend a Wake Forest information session, offered every day at 9 a.m, 12 p.m, and 2 p.m except on weekends and during finals.  In order to ensure the best accommodations during these sessions, call ahead of time to make a reservation at 336.758.5201.  Contact the admissions office by emailing

Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem NC 27106
Telephone: (336) 758-5201

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Valerie McGinnis is a freelance writer and student at Liberty University. Val will graduate in 2011 with a degree in English. Smart See, Smart Do™ is a regular series appearing on