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Richard G. Trefry Library

Library Mission

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.

Library Vision

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.


Open for students and faculty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Librarians are available 7 days a week to assist with research strategies & navigation:


  • Articles & Databases: Over 119,800 unique periodicals and scholarly journals.
  • Books: Over 587,600 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: Librarians will search and request, items not available in the APUS collection, from other libraries.
  • 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
Copyright: Providing general information on copyright, fair use, public domain, creative commons, images, as well as audio and video recordings.

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 Lt. Gen. (retired) Richard Trefry form the basis for a new 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 and will soon begin curating a large manuscript collection detailing the career of retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Richard G. Trefry, an APUS board member since 1997.
    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.


Maryelizabeth Gano, MSLS, MBA
Associate Dean of Online Librarians

Jason Anderson, MLIS
School/Program supported: Security & Global Studies
Location: Washington

Beth Cook, MSLS
School/Program supported: Arts & Humanity; Security & Global Studies
Location: Maryland

Priscilla Coulter, MLS, MS
School/Program supported: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Location: Texas

Valerie Florez, MSLIS
School/Program supported: Arts & Humanities; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Location: Texas

Emily Harrell, MLIS
School/Program supported: Health Sciences
Location: Florida

Coleen Neary, MLS
School/Program supported: Business
Location: Virginia

Carole Nowicke, PHD, MLS
School/Program supported: Health Sciences
Location: Indiana

Julie Rappold, MLIS
School/Program supported: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Location: Washington

Kara Rawlins, MSLIS
School/Program supported: Business
Location: Michigan

Andrea Reveley, MSLIS
School/Program supported: Arts & Humanities
Location: Colorado

Terra Rogerson, MLIS
School/Program supported: Education
Location: Ohio

A. Marissa Smith, MLIS
School/Program supported: Health Sciences
Location: West Virginia