This study examines the career motivations of young adult librarians working in public libraries. Qualitative interviews were conducted with three practicing young adult librarians whose life stories were written in narrative form and analyzed using the principles of Career Construction Theory. Comparisons across the life stories of the participants revealed that young adult librarians share many career motivations with librarians in other specializations. The research also identified career factors specific to young adult librarians, including a young age, fondness for young people, and influences from their personal adolescent experience. The implications of these factors in the recruitment and employment of young adult librarians are discussed.