YALSA's 2023 Young Adult Library Services Association Symposium

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Friday, November 10 through Sunday, November 12 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Arch in St. Louis, MO.

Registration Breakdown


Early Bird YALSA Member Rate Advanced YALSA Member Rate Onsite YALSA Member Rate Early Bird ALA-Member Rate Advanced ALA Member Rate
$199 $249 $279 $264 $314


Onsite ALA Member Rate  Early Bird Non-Member Rate Advanced Non-Member Rate Onsite Non-Member Rate

AM/PM Pre-Conference 


$344 $329 $379 $399 $79

Room Rate: $149 a night plus state and local taxes.

2023 Symposium theme: Gateway to the Best: Connecting, Creating, and Celebrating Young Adult Services. 

Meet up and be inspired in St. Louis!

Join YALSA members from around the country as we connect, create and celebrate all things YA. Explore innovative programs, interact with an amazing array of authors, and discover new experiences with colleagues at this year's exciting symposium. Chart your journey to the Gateway Arch! 

Early registration ends on Saturday, September 23rd

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Opening Panel

Meet Cute in St. Louis: Rom-Coms for Today’s Teens

In the spirit of the famous musical, this lighthearted panel will feature YA authors as they discuss their recently published romance novels. What better way to open a symposium than a fun-filled discussion of romantic comedies and the connections found in those stories?

Closing Panel

Gateway to Exploration: The Quest for Stories

Just as Lewis and Clark and other explorers embarked from St. Louis and journeyed to exotic and exciting places, many of today’s YA authors explore the boundaries of the unknown through fantasy and science fiction. This lively panel about fantastic places, magical quests, and uncharted worlds will indeed provide a gateway to the best of YA literature.

ADA Statement

The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association fully complies with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the rules and regulations thereof. Participants with ADA needs for this meeting must specify their needs via email to yalsaevents@ala.org by October 27, 2023, in order to allow YALSA to assess the situation and provide reasonable accommodation. If any participant in this educational activity would like to further discuss accommodations, please contact YALSA for assistance.

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Call for author proposals is now open! YALSA is seeking authors to participate in our YA Services Symposium on November 10-12, 2023 in St. Louis, MO. Submit here


The proposal portal has now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal! Notifications to come early July. 


Submit a Proposal! 

Don't miss this opportunity to engage with library colleagues from across the country and share your expertise. If your library has an innovative program, service, partnership, or technology, we want to hear about it!

Programs last approximately 60 minutes and run between November 10th, from 8 am and 5 pm, and November 11th between 9 am and 1 pm.

Have an idea for a Pre-Conference course? Pre-conference courses will be held Friday, November 10th in the morning or afternoon. They are typically 3 hours long. 

Questions? Contact yalsaprojects@ala.org