Spaces & Places

Study Spaces

Quiet Study

The 6th, 7th, and 8th floors of the Reynolds wing are designated as quiet study areas. Individual tables and study nooks give people who need space to concentrate just what they need.

24/7 Study Rooms

Two 24/7 study rooms are located off the library’s main entrance. The rooms are available for use by WFU students, faculty, and staff and are open 24 hours, including when the library is closed (Friday and Saturday nights and during university holidays). When the library is closed, access to the 24/7 study rooms is gained by using a current WFU Deacon OneCard as a key card at the library’s entrance. The Rhoda K. Channing Reading Room, dedicated to the memory of Rhoda K. Channing, Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library from 1989 to 2003, is a 24/7 room to the east of the main entrance. It is open 24 hours while school is in session (summer sessions included), including Friday and Saturday nights. In 2008, the room was renovated to include a full service Starbucks® Coffee Shop.

Students of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine who would like to use the Z. Smith Reynolds Library after hours should go to the Deacon OneCard Office, on the lower level of the Maya Angelou Residence Hall, during regular business hours and request a Deacon OneCard . A WFUSOM ID is necessary to obtain the card. A holder of the Deacon OneCard is provided after hours access to Z. Smith Reynolds Library for the remainder of the time he or she will spend on the medical campus. Access to the Graduate Student Lounge is not allowed, but students can utilize all other study spaces throughout the building.


Rows of tables in an airy, light, central space make this among the most popular spaces for students who want a place to study, read, use their laptops, and spread out, in a quiet yet social setting.

Group Study Rooms

The library has 10 group study rooms for the use of Wake Forest University students only. Three are accessed through the 24/7 Study Rooms at the front of the library, four are located on Reynolds 2, down the hall opposite the Circulation Desk, three more are on Wilson 6. All group study rooms are equipped with a monitor and all have VHS/DVD equipment for small group video viewing. You can book up to two hours per day up to 5 days in advance. WFU username and password are required to make a reservation. Reserve a room today!

Library Room 401

Library Room 401 is located on the 4th floor of the Reynolds wing and has flexible, comfortable furniture to allow for collaboration and study.

Scholars Commons

The Scholars Commons (Reynolds 400) offers over 100 seats with flexible study options, plenty of electrical outlets and increased technology choices. It offers movable marker board tables, longer tables with privacy partitions, and standing height work tables.

Mandelbaum Reading Room

The Mandelbaum Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of the Wilson wing, just beyond the Reference Collection. The room contains the popular current periodicals and newspapers and features comfortable seating, tables, and chairs for individual reading and quiet study. The room honors long time faculty member Dr. Allen Mandelbaum, W.R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Humanities at Wake Forest University, and displays his honors and awards throughout the room.

Johnson Graduate Lounge

The Johnson Graduate Lounge, displaying portraits of Wake Forest University writers, is located on Reynolds 2, beyond the 24/7 Study Room on the right as one enters the library. The room is attractively furnished and houses portraits of Gerald Johnson, A.R. Ammons, W.J. Cash, John Charles McNeill, and Laurence Stallings. The Johnson Graduate Lounge is available for graduate students of the College of Arts and Sciences. Access is available to graduate students by placing the Deacon OneCard at the card reader at the left of the entrance door.

Graduate Student Carrels

The library has 20 small study carrels located on various levels of the Reynolds wing. These are assigned by the Circulation Department for the use of graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the Circulation Department to reserve a carrel. All graduate students are required to leave a $20.00 cash deposit.

Library Places


Starbucks® Coffee Shop is located within the Rhoda K. Channing Reading Room. It is a place where students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors can enjoy a full service coffee shop, relax, visit, study, and get wireless access 24/7. (You don’t need to have a coffee to study here, but can you resist?) Hot and cold beverages, sandwiches, salads, and baked goods are available. For more information, including hours, see Starbucks on the WFU Dining Services site.

Library Auditorium

The Library Auditorium (Room 404) can be used for movie showings (provided public performance rights are obtained), lectures, or symposia. While it cannot be used as a classroom for an entire semester, the Library Auditorium can be used by instructors on occasion for a class that needs the space for its DVD equipment or its larger lecture capabilities. The Library Auditorium is fully accessible and has 118 seats. It is DVD and BluRay player equipped, with LCD projector, Ethernet, phone, and standard classroom control system. If you’re interested in reserving the auditorium, please complete a Library Auditorium reservation request. For more information, see our room reservation policy.

Special Collections Research Room

Special Collections is located on the 6th floor west of the Reynolds wing of Z. Smith Reynolds Library. If you need assistance, please visit Room 625. All divisions of Special Collections are open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the exception of university holidays listed in the library calendar.

Special Collections & Archives Classroom 624

Special Collections & Archives Classroom 624, located on Level 6 of the Reynolds wing, is primarily used for Special Collections & Archives instruction classes and meetings Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Room 624 seats 20 at moveable tables (with power) and has standard classroom media equipment available. If you’re interested in reserving 624, please complete a Room 624 reservation request.

Video Conferencing Room

Video Conferencing Room (Room 204) is located on the hallway that runs behind the Circulation desk on Level 2 of the Reynolds wing. The room is equipped for video conferencing, technology instruction, and presentations requiring technology. The room seats 38 for lecture or 18 for video conferencing and is fully accessible. Ethernet and wireless data connections and power outlets are available. If you are interested in reserving 204, please complete a Room 204 reservation request.

Library Classroom 476

Library Classroom 476, located off of the Reference Department on Level 4 of the Wilson wing, is heavily used for instruction and meetings. When not in use as a meeting/instructional space, Room 476 is open for study and occasional reservations by outside groups. Room 476 seats 28 at moveable tables (with power) and has an additional 12 chairs for extra seating. If you are interested in reserving Room 476, please complete a Room 476 reservation request.

Library Classroom 477

Library Classroom 477, located on Level 4 of the Wilson wing, is used for instruction and meetings. When not in use as a meeting/instructional space, Room 477 is open for study and occasional reservations by outside groups. Room 477 seats 18 at moveable tables (with power). It has the standard classroom media package. If you are interested in reserving Room 477, please complete a Room 477 reservation request.

Digital Media Lab (Mac Lab)

The Bridge has a digital media lab for WFU faculty, staff, and student use when not being used during scheduled classes. It is open during the operating hours of The Bridge. The lab is equipped with 16 iMac computers that are loaded with software packages for multimedia editing, including Final Cut Pro and the Adobe Creative Suite.  Please contact the Multimedia Coordinator with questions or for support during normal business hours.

DVD/Viewing Room

The DVD/Viewing Room (Room 403) is located on the 4th floor of the Reynolds wing and houses the library’s DVD collection. Media viewing stations are available for students, faculty, or staff to use for watching videos from our collection. The stations are equipped for watching multi-region DVD and BluRay movies. Stations are assigned on a first-come first-served basis; headphones for up to four individuals per machine are available for checkout.

Meeting Rooms

Wake Forest University staff or faculty who would like to utilize the library’s study rooms (Rooms 203A or 203B near Starbucks or Room 232 in the 24 hour study room) during the hours of 8am to 3pm Monday-Friday, may reserve a room for your meeting using our study room reservation system. The system allows you to reserve a room within the next consecutive 5 days and for a two hour period each day. If faculty or staff would like to reserve a room in advance that is more than 5 days in the future, please contact the Circulation Desk by email or at x4931. The rooms are equipped with Smart Boards, and will seat 8 people comfortably.

Undergraduate Lockers

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library has lockers available for Wake Forest University undergraduate student use. They are located down the hallway across from the Circulation Desk on a first-come, first-served basis. Locker keys are checked out from the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Circulation desk. Upon presentation of a WFU Deacon OneCard, locker keys may be checked out for up to two weeks at a time. Locker keys may be renewed online one time. Any library materials held in the locker must be checked out to the student before being placed in the locker.

Business Information Commons

The Business Information Commons is located on the second floor of Farrell Hall in the Wake Forest School of Business building. For more information, see our Business Information Commons page.