Feature films are shelved alphabetically except for the “New Arrival” section. The following guidelines are presented to help you make decisions when shelving DVDs.
DVDs are shelved in word by word order
A space comes before a letter ("nothing before something")
Shelve Long Pigs before Longest Yard
Omit initial articles: A, An, The
Examples: The Aristocrats. Shelve under A
An Officer and a Gentleman. Shelve under O
A Collection of 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films. Shelve under C
Titles that begin with numbers in numeric form should be filed at the very beginning of the alphabet
Examples: 300. Shelve with numbers
Four Rooms. Shelve under F
File DVDs with possessive titles under the first letter of the first word given.
Examples: Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. Shelve under T
Monty Python’s Life of Brian Shelve under M
Bilingual and foreign movie titles require special attention.
Omit initial articles: l’, la, le, el, das, der, die
Examples: El Norte. Shelve under N
La Cage aux Folles. Shelve under C
L’enfant. Shelve under E
Shelve by foreign title if it dominates the DVD cover:
Example: El Amor Brujo (on side, listed first on front)/(Love, the Magician) Shelve under A for Amor
Keep titles in a well-known series together
Examples: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Shelve under C
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Shelve under L.
Please ask library staff if you have any questions!