The library exists to support the educational and research needs of the faculty, students and staff of the School of Law. Secondarily, it is intended for the use of other members of the Wake Forest University community. Alumni of the School of Law are welcome to use the library. Use by members of the public is limited to the U.S. Government Documents, as part of our responsibilities as a selective U.S. Federal Depository library.
Hours vary by semester, and we have different hours for Wake Forest users versus public users. Current staffed hours are shown on our homepage. Public patrons, please contact us to confirm that we’re open and to make an appointment.
Reserve materials such as class readings, old exams and hornbooks are at the Service Desk. The loan period is typically 4 hours and material must be used within the library.
Contact the Law School’s IT help desk at 336.758.4300. Note that use of the Law School’s wireless network is restricted to students, faculty, and staff of the School of Law. Exceptions may be made for visiting professors or clients of the law school. Other patrons can access the internet from public computers in the rotunda.
We ask that you limit cell phone conversations to the stairwells in the library in order to minimize noise and not disturb other library users. Please silence cell phones and other devices while in the library.
Study rooms are available for student use on a first-come, first-served basis.
Students and faculty have borrowing privileges at the Z. Smith Reynolds library on campus, using the Wake Forest ID card. If the item is not available on campus, you can request that the item be retrieved via Interlibrary Loan.
Departmental contact information is available on the website, as is a staff directory.
Faculty: one calendar year
Students: 4 weeks
Other faculty: until the end of the current term (or current semester)
Attorneys with borrowing privileges: 4 weeks.
Wake Forest University undergraduates may check out circulating materials for 4 weeks .
Medical students, staff, and faculty from the School of Medicine can check out circulating materials. You must show your School of Medicine ID and a Law Library staff member will call the Circ Desk at the Carpenter Library to make sure you are in their system. Depending on the situation, Circulation staff may need 24 hours to process the info and have a patron card available. There is a 4 week loan period.
Most materials in the Law Library don’t circulate but can be used within the Library. Please check with the Service Desk.
Attorneys with a NC Bar card may apply to become a library patron, which is free. Applications can be obtained from a Service Desk Assistant.
Photocopiers/Printers/Scanners are located on each floor of the library. Copies are charged by page with the price subject to change without notice. Please check with the Service Desk for the current per copy charge. A copy card may be requested for copying/printing at the Service Desk. Please bring cash to add money to copy cards in the IT Department. In order to scan a document you must have your student ID card.
Photocopying of library materials is regulated by the
Copyright Act in 42 U.S.C. § 201 et seq.(2012).
Photocopy and Fax Services for Attorneys
Photocopy and fax services are available to members of the bench and bar.
- Citations should be given to the staff at the Service Desk either in person, by phone, or by fax.
- Please include firm name, address and phone number with all requests.
- All requests must comply with U.S. copyright law.
Photocopy requests are filled as we have the opportunity to process them.