The libraries of Wake Forest University support instruction and research at the undergraduate level and in the disciplines awarding graduate degrees. The libraries of the University hold membership in the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries.

The Wake Forest University libraries include the Z. Smith Reynolds (ZSR) Library, located on the Reynolda Campus and supports the undergraduate College, the Wake Forest School of Business, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Divinity. The Law Library, housed in the Worrell Professional Center on the Reynolda Campus, serves the School of Law. The Coy C. Carpenter Library serves the Wake Forest School of Medicine and is located on the Bowman Gray Campus.


The three library collections total over 2.4 million titles, including over 1.4 million e-books, more than 100,000 electronic journals and over 15,000 DVDs as well as streaming media and other formats. The ZSR Library serves as a congressionally designated selective federal depository. The Law Library holds nearly 130,000 volumes and the Coy C. Carpenter Library holds nearly 27,000 volumes. The three libraries share an online search portal, which provides access to books, electronic resources, journals and databases. Through interlibrary loan service, students, faculty and staff may obtain materials from other libraries at no charge.

Z. Smith Reynolds Library

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library (ZSR) provides comprehensive reference and research services in-person and online. Research Librarians work with individual classes across the disciplines on research papers and library users can request personal research sessions with Research Librarians at all phases of their research process. Library faculty also teach elective courses in the fundamentals of research and information literacy and upper-level courses geared towards research in the disciplines and special topics in information. The Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication librarians and staff support and empower faculty scholarship through digital tools, methods, publication, and preservation.

Special Collections & Archives (SCA) in ZSR is the repository for the Baptist Historical Collection of North Carolina (the Ethel Taylor Crittenden Collection), Personal Collections & Manuscripts, the Rare Book Collection, and the University Archives.  All are welcome to use the SCA digital collections, and to visit the Research Room. It is a beautiful space for researchers to delve into the collections, and where SCA hosts many events and exhibits.


The Z. Smith Reynolds library has ten group study rooms equipped with large screen monitors that can be booked online. Publicly available Windows and Macintosh computers are available in the Scholars Commons and Reference areas, and media viewing stations are available in the Media Room. Multimedia equipment, Chromebooks, tablets, and other technology devices may be reserved for checkout. The Reference Desk and online chat are available to help library visitors to find resources and research assistance. The library has a 118-seat auditorium for use by Wake Forest community groups for programs, lectures, and film screenings. There is also the ZieSta Room, a space for students to take a break from studying to nap or rest in comfortable loungers.

ZSR houses the Information Systems Service Desk, the Center for the Advancement of Teaching,  and The Writing Center. The Center for the Advancement of Teaching is a resource center for Wake Forest faculty at all stages of their careers. The Writing Center provides help to guide students through their writing process.


ZSR library is committed to creating an accessible, enriching, and welcoming community space for all.
The library is open for students continuously during the fall and spring semesters 24 hours a day from 10:00 am Sunday through 7:00 pm Friday, and daytime hours on Saturday. Two 24-hour study rooms are located near the entrance to the library and may be accessed by keycard even when the library is closed. The study room on one side houses a Starbucks. Check out the hours and events calendar to stay up to date.