The mission of the Richard G. Trefry Library is to provide quality resources to support learning across all disciplines. Our goal is to assist students in the development of information literacy skills relevant to the digital era in order to promote research, discovery, and critical thinking. We offer research and reference guidance, using methods of communication that fit the lifestyle of today’s students. We support the university’s mission by providing virtual access to American Public University System students and faculty worldwide.
The Richard G. Trefry Library strives to promote academic excellence and professional leadership by providing quality and relevant resources. We seek to build strong partnerships with students and faculty, to promote a cohesive learning experience in support of student success and life-long learning. We endeavor to proactively promote and display the university's unique perspectives and research contributions.
Library resources are available to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can be easily accessed through the “Everything” search box on the homepage. The Trefry librarians are standing by to answer your questions every single day (including weekends and holidays). The librarian team has a range of graduate degrees spanning a dozen different disciplines, including history, business administration, education, biology, and more.
- Articles & Databases: Over 154,700 unique periodicals and scholarly journals.
- Books: Over 491,900 books and electronic books.
- Streaming Media: Thousands of hours of streaming audio and video.
- Research Guides: Librarian created guides, designed to launch scholarly research in the library’s licensed and open access content.
- Tutorial Videos: Demonstration of search techniques and strategies for using the library more efficiently.
- Interlibrary Loan: Items not found through the Trefry Library’s collection can be requested via Interlibrary Loan. Once placed, our library loan team will search, request, and follow up as soon as possible.
- Writing@APUS: This resource has been designed to supplement and complement writing instruction delivered in American Public University System courses, as well as provide a writing reference resource for APUS writers across disciplines
The Alfred M. Gray University Center -1st Floor, 330 North George Street, Charles Town, WV 25414
- Military Studies & History Special Library: Donations from the library of the Association of the United States Army, the late professor Andrew Baggs, and the late Lt. Gen. Richard Trefry form the basis for a land-based facility in Charles Town, WV. These holdings have a focus toward the school’s specializations in Intelligence, Military History, and Military Studies.
- Richard G. Trefry Archives: The Archives were founded in 2011 in recognition of American Public University System's 20th anniversary as a means to capture its growing institutional heritage. The Trefry Archives consist of physical and electronic records created by APUS and its predecessor institution American Military University. The University Archives also houses a large manuscript collection detailing the career of the late U.S. Army Lieutenant General Richard G. Trefry, who served the APUS board from 1995 to 2017. Online collections from the University Archives can be viewed through the Archives’ website.
The Richard G. Trefry Archives are located in Charles Town, WV, and open by appointment only. Researchers interested in on-site or electronic access, please fill out the Research Request form.
Logan Thompson, MSLIS
School/Program supported: Arts, Humanities, & Education