The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.
- Current membership is more than 5,200 members
- Founded in 1957 and headquartered in Chicago, YALSA is a division of the American Library Association, a financially stable 501(c)3 charitable association.
Find out more about YALSA's mission.
Read our vision for teens and libraries.
The governing rules for YALSA
Updated every five years, the strategic plan outlines the current goals of YALSA
Find volunteer forms, committee information, governing documents, and more information about YALSA in the handbook.
Find details on YALSA's governance, including its structure, board and executive committee members, minutes, board documents and more.
Meet YALSA's staff, headquartered in Chicago.
Read annual reports from YALSA's presidents and executive director.
See a list of organizations that YALSA works with to further its mission.
Find out more about YALSA's history.