Skip to Main Content

Young Adult Literature: Home

YA Literature Guide

This guide gathers together some of the best resources for researching Young Adult literature.  Please click on the tabs above for more information.

What Is Young Adult Literature?

Young Adult Literature, sometimes called YA Lit or Teen, consists of stories, both fiction and nonfiction, in a variety of formats published for or mainly read by adolescent readers. YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, a Division of the American Library Association, identifies young adults as teens, age 12-18.

Browsing the shelves

Most Young Adult books in Tomlinson Library are shelved on the 2nd floor in the Juvenile collection. 

JuvF includes fiction for both teens and children

Juv ###.# nonfiction for both teens and children are shelved in Dewey Decimal order.

Other young adult titles are not as browseable and may be found in the General Collection. Please check the catalog for specific titles. For example Sherman Alexie's novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian call # PS3551.L35774 A27 is shelved with other American Literature on the 3rd floor.


Map of the 2nd floor

      Finding YA Literature at Tomlinson Library

       Search the collection by author, title, subject, or keyword

      Young Adult Award Winners

      Colorado Mesa University Tomlinson Library

      Subject Guide

      Profile Photo
      Anne Bledsoe
      Tomlinson Library, Office 172