Z Smith Reynolds Library | Concept Vision

A new entrance will call out to those who enter the campus and illuminate the library as a nexus for learning. The interior core of the building will be opened up to become a clear, light-filled passage connecting the arrival experience with the library’s signature space, the Atrium.

Blended Services will consolidate service points into a single, easy-to-navigate location just inside the library’s main entry. Bringing together Circulation and Research Services, this graciously proportioned hub of inquiry and material transaction will reinforce the welcoming spirit of the library. This is achieved by replacing deficient stairs and an undersized elevator with grand halls that connect rather than separate library destinations. Upper floor lobbies include lounge spaces, connect to daylight, and serve as each floor’s primary arrival and departure point. The new entry will be open, day-lit, and information rich. It will also be a vibrant place about people — a new crossroads of friends, colleagues, scholars and helpful staff.

Special Collections & Archives will occupy a prominent location just off of the new sixth floor lobby and lounge. The secure Reading Room and Classroom will flank a well appointed lounge with access to an outdoor terrace with vistas overlooking the Wake Forest University campus. Transparent walls allow visual access into adjacent rooms, enhancing security and maximizing the exposure of this valued collection to general library visitors. Glass cases will host changing displays of unique materials that may expand or contract according to exhibiting needs. Well integrated storage and display outside the Reading Room will give the space a unique character within the library. The suite of rooms will be ideal for study, learning, scholarly research, and hosting scheduled events.

Student Collaboration is a new paradigm in the learning experience. In addition to quiet study spaces, the library is committed to enabling students to develop critical communication and group problem solving skills. In our effort to help students and faculty succeed, a host of collaborative environments will be offered on the fourth and sixth floor of the library’s Wilson Wing. Plans call for technology enhanced classrooms, numerous group study rooms, open gathering areas with collaboration screens and software, and a variety of casual and formal seating to support all modes of learning. Library provided technology as well as a robust infrastructure supporting personal devices will be abundant to ease access to information, ensure connectivity and nurture responsible digital citizens.