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Z Smith Reynolds LibraryWake Forest is the nation’s premier “collegiate university,” balancing the personal attention of a small liberal arts college with the breadth and depth of a large research university. Wake Forest’s relatively small size – less than 5,000 undergraduates – enables the University to create rich interdisciplinary programs within and across all programs of study. The campus is small enough for students and faculty to know one another, to forge strong links among schools and departments and to create an academic atmosphere that few other schools can match. (For more, see the admissions website.)

Wake Forest further distinguishes itself through its beautiful residential campus, extensive study-abroad programs, an SAT optional admissions policy, and sophisticated computing and networking technology. The University is committed to personalized education, inquiry and exploration. The heart of Wake Forest’s mission is rooted in its motto, Pro Humanitate, service to humanity.

The Z Smith Reynolds Library serves the Reynolda campus community. With collections of over 1.7 million volumes and a staff of 52, its reach expands beyond its size, providing excellent research resources while remaining able to be intimately involved with its community.

In addition, the Library has historically been a central participant in the technology programs of the University. Beginning with the Plan for the Class of 2000in 1996, library staff were the primary instructors for the ThinkPad program, teaching students and faculty about their computer and the software load. Since then, library staff have been the principal campus instructors for all student and faculty technology training, and have evolved to be support and instructional designers for faculty interested in integrating technology into their teaching more effectively.