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Young Adult Literature

Information about the genre and CSULB's collection.

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Young Adult Literature

Young Adult literature is generally described as books written for an audience of 12-20 year olds.  It may also include books primarily written for adults but which have appeal to younger readers.

The CSULB Children's Collection has a section dedicated to YA Fiction, PZ7.5.  Nonfiction written for Young Adults is located throughout the children's nonfiction collection (Rm 204).

What is the difference between YA and adult literature?  One idea: in YA, characters are discovering and pushing boundaries to discover themselves, in adult lit, characters tend to be constrained by those limits and are living within them.

Find YA in the library

Use OneSearch, the library catalog to search for YA books.  Search location: childrens and in the second box search title, author, or keyword.  (You can search for location: young adult, but that will limit your results to fiction titles)

All YA Fiction will have call numbers starting PZ7.5 and then the first four letters of the author's name.

YA non-fiction is located throughout the children's collection, find the general call number area for your topic, and head over there to pick out the best books for your age group.

OneSearch screen

Search for articles about YA literature using these databases:


CSULB Library has children's audiobooks available.  Books on CD or "Playaways" (self contained players) are located in room 200.  Audiobooks are also available as downloads to personal devices using rbDigital.

Audiofile Sync Summer Audiobook program