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Young Adult Literature

Information about the genre and CSULB's collection.

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.

YA eBooks

Find YA in the library

Use OneSearch, Advanced Search to search for YA books.  In the first box type CSULB Children's Collection and in the second box search title, author, or keyword. 

For Fiction: Limit your location to Children's Young Adult Fiction under location on the left side of the screen. All YA Fiction will have call numbers starting PZ7.5 and then the first four letters of the author's name.

For Nonfiction: 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.

The OneSearch advanced search screen, arrows point to select Books & Media CSULB, put children's collection in quotes, enter your keywords and click search

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 Overdrive.

Teens' Top Ten

YA Selected Lists

YALSA publishes several lists of great YA Lit.  Follow these links to suggest titles: