Access to the general materials collection is available through Circulation. All materials are checked out, returned, or renewed at the Circulation Desk. At the Circulation Desk, one can receive assistance on the location of materials, answers to directional questions and some transactional questions, activate your Ram Card, pay for charges, pick up and pay for copies, check out a laptop computer to use in the library, and get popular non-circulating periodicals (newspapers and some magazines) to use within the library.
All WSSU faculty, staff, and students must use their Ram Card which should be current and validated each school year to borrow materials. Borrowers are financially responsible for all materials checked out on their Ram Cards.
TALA – Triad Academic Library Association
According to the agreement with the Triad Academic Library Association ("TALA"), current Winston-Salem State University students, staff, and faculty may borrow circulating books directly from any of the following libraries:
- Alamance Community College
- Bennett College
- Elon University
- Greensboro College
- Guilford College
- Guilford Tech Community College
- High Point University
- North Carolina A&T
- Salem College
- University of North Carolina-Greensboro
- University of North Carolina-School of the Arts
- Wake Forest University
- Winston-Salem State University
IMPORTANT: You will be asked to show a valid photo ID AND be prepared to confirm your status as a currently enrolled or employed Winston-Salem State University community member. Be sure to have your Ram Card with you for borrowing.
Reserves are course-related materials, such as photocopied articles, books and videos placed in the library by professors for their students to use. All reserve items are available for short check-out periods (3 hours) from the Circulation Desk, and they are for use in the library only.
E-Reserves are available for many classes. They are either articles or chapters from books, and can be read online, printed out or downloaded to a disk or flash drive.
Faculty members who need to place photocopied materials or articles on reserve for one academic term or semester will NOT need to provide the library with proof of copyright permission. However, faculty members who need to place photocopied materials on reserve for more than one academic term or for consecutive semesters will need to provide the library with proof of copyright permission. Permission may be obtained by logging on to the Copyright Clearance Center or calling 978-750-8400.
To find out what is available search by Professor in the online catalog:
Search by Professor's Last Name
NOTE: Faculty may contact the Information Commons Coordinator to place items on reserve.
Only faculty members can
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that locates and provides access to materials not available at Winston-Salem State University. ILL supports the research, teaching and service efforts of members of the university community. Interlibrary Loan items are checked out for four to six weeks and renewal requests should be submitted three working days prior to the due date. The Interlibrary Loan process can take up to 3-6 business days depending on where the requested item is located. Patrons should provide as much relevant information about the item they are requesting so that the item can be retrieved expeditiously. Patrons are emailed and/or called when their materials have arrived. All
You may access the Interlibrary Loan request page to request materials.
High-demand titles are held behind the circulation desk.
Procedures, similar to in-library use only, should be followed to checkout newspapers and magazines.
Stop by the circulation desk for more information.