Lesley Williams is Head of Adult Services at the Evanston Public Library (EPL) in Evanston, Illinois. In the 18 years that she has worked there, the library has continually subscribed to products from Gale. Today, as a primary “go to” resource for the library’s broad range of patrons, the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is instrumental in helping EPL fulfill its mission. That mission is to be the heart of the community, promoting the development of independent, self-confident, and literate citizens by providing open access to cultural, intellectual, technological, and informational resources.

In this Success Story, you’ll read how GVRL has provided Lesley and the Evanston Public Library with the following benefits:

  • GVRL’s intuitive interface and powerful search features make it quick and easy for patrons to find what they need.
  • Patrons can access GVRL from the library or from the convenience of their home computers. In addition, students can access GVRL from their high school website, which promotes engagement with their course work and encourages development of skills that they will put to good use in college and beyond.
  • Librarians can tailor sets of resources from the GVRL collection to accommodate the needs of specific user groups and to facilitate searches of particularly common topics, such as health or literature.
  • GVRL enables the library to offer programs that enhance the library’s value to patrons.


» Read the Gale Success Story.