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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is a reference source with access to more than 70 digitized books on a variety of subjects, including history, science, government, and more. 


  • All titles are searchable in the PPLD catalog and can be streamed in a web browser. 
  • Unlimited, simultaneous use, no due dates.
  • For use on any computer and most mobile devices.
  • Requires 400 library card and PIN to access outside of Library locations.
  • Offers many helpful settings including MP3 reading, translations, citation engine, text sizing, font changes, and bookmarks. 

What do I need to use Gale Virtual Reference Library?

  • A Pikes Peak Library District library card number and PIN.
  • A personal computer or laptop with Internet access to use the website. 

How do I use Gale Virtual Reference Library?

  • Click on the database link above.
  • If inside a library location, you will be redirected to the database.
  • If outside a library location, log in with your PPLD library card number and 4-digit pin.
  • Search for a title or browse the collection.
  • Click on the book image to open and read.

Site Navigation

  1. Change site language
  2. Sign into apps like Google or Microsoft
  3. Search the collection
  4. Browse the collection by topic

When logged into the database, scroll to the bottom of the screen. Click on Help.