Library Collections

Browsing Collection

The Browsing Collection features recent releases and new additions to the library collection. It is located in the library atrium.

Current Periodicals

Current periodicals, including the last year of scholarly journals or the last 10-15 issues of popular weekly titles, are located on the 4th floor of the Wilson wing.

Bound periodicals are shelved in the main stacks by Library of Congress call number. Current Chemistry periodicals are located in the Chemistry Reading Room in Salem Hall. Current Physics journals are located in Olin Hall.

All the current newspapers (state, national, and foreign) are shelved alphabetically in the Newspaper shelf in the Allen Mandelbaum Reading Room. Newspapers are kept for up to two weeks in this shelf. Popular magazines titles are located in our Popular Magazines cabinet in the Allen Mandelbaum Reading Room.

Back issues of the more important newspapers (state, national, and foreign) are held in the Microtext collection. Some titles, like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, are also available online from Proquest Historic Newspapers.

Film Collection

The Film Collection consists of over 48,000 videos in streaming and DVD formats. Search for a film or browse our new arrivals. All titles are available for checkout by WFU students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Interested in seeing a film but we don’t have it? You can recommend a film be purchased for our collection.

Government Documents

The Government Documents Collection provides access to print and electronic copies of documents produced by the United States government and by the state of North Carolina. The Government Documents Collection is located on the 4th floor in the Reynolds wing. ZSR has been a selective depository for U.S. documents since 1902 and has been a full microfiche depository of N.C. documents since 1988.


The Microtext Collection includes current newspapers and periodicals, historic newspapers, and a number of research collections. These collections come in a variety of formats including microfilm, microfiche, and microprint. We have a number of reader/printers that can be used with a regular copy card to make copies of all of our materials.

Special Collections & Archives

For primary source material, rare books and manuscripts, church records, university archives, and more, see Special Collections. Interested in digitized materials? Browse our Digital Collections.