Circulation Policies

General Circulation Policies

Circulation policies in addition to those governed by patron privileges or material types include:


  • Information on a current checkout is available ONLY to the patron who has the item checked out.
  • Our commitment to your privacy and confidentiality has deep roots not only in law but also in the ethics and practices of librarianship. In accordance with the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics: “We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted.”


  • No overdue fines are charged for books.
  • Overdue DVDs fines accrue at a rate of $1 per day. Recalled DVDs accrue fines of $5 per day (DVDs are recalled only when they are needed for class instruction or reserves).
  • Once overdue fines or replacement fees reach $50, checkout of circulating material and DVDs will be blocked until fines have been paid.


  • Wake Forest students may pay library fees using Deacon Dollars, credit card, cash, or check. Guests and Alumni can pay with credit card, cash or check.
  • Damage fees are charged for books requiring repair or treatment when returned. The charge is determined by the Preservation Librarian.
  • Replacement fees are charged for unreturned items. Patrons who do not return books are charged an $80 replacement fee. DVDs are charged a $50 replacement fee. If lost books are found and returned within three (3) months of payment, the entire fine will be refunded.
  • Check payments can be delivered via mail. Make checks payable to “Wake Forest University” and send to Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Attn: Library Services Desk, Wake Forest University, 1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. Be sure to put your library card number on the memo line, or include a printout of fees so we can be sure to add it to the correct account.
  • Credit card payments may be made over the phone. Please call 336-758-4931 and ask to speak with a supervisor.

Loss of Library Privileges

  • Library privileges may be restricted for not returning recalled or overdue Interlibrary Loans, having large numbers of overdue books, or for failure to pay for lost books.
  • The failure to respond to a recall of a checked-out book will result in a suspension of all check-out privileges.
  • Attempted theft or damage of library materials by WFU students is an honor council violation and can result in suspension from the University. Depending upon degree of severity and value of items involved, these and other violations by the general public can be considered Class H felonies in the eyes of the state of North Carolina and can result in arrest and court action.
  • Circulation privileges may be suspended after students or guest card holders exceed $50 owed, or faculty or staff exceed $250 owed.