Feature Films and Documentaries

iCode iType Loan Rule Loan Parameters Call Number Location New Items on STAR?
11301 (DVD) 136 7 7D YH YR $1 DVD FF Tit znda Yes. Use iType 81 and location znan. Add STAR to OPAC call number.
11321 (NF DVD) 136 7 7D YH YR $1 DVD ### Tit znda Yes. Use iType 81 and location znan. Add STAR to OPAC call number.
11101 (Blu-Ray) 136 7 7D YH YR $1 BLU-RAY FF Tit znda Yes. Use iType 81 and location znan. Add STAR to OPAC call number.
11121 (NF Blu-Ray) 136 7 7D YH YR $1 BLU-RAY ### Tit znda Yes. Use iType 81 and location znan. Add STAR to OPAC call number.


  • Traditional feature films: This includes direct-to-disc movies as well as films initially released via a streaming service (Netflix, Amazon).
  • Traditional documentaries: Regular single-topic, watch-in-one-sitting non-fiction films go here. Also include documentary television series with content that doesn’t require sequential viewing; PBS Nature and BBC Earth discs, for example, may have long runtimes but their component “episodes” can be watched as discrete units.
  • Some made-for-TV films: Productions made deliberately for broadcast television can go here, not in DVD TV / 11355, so long as they have: (1) a maximum runtime of approx. 3 hr (180 min.) and (2) content that is meant to be watched in one sitting (i.e., it’s not episodic). Hallmark Channel movies and PBS/BBC adaptations of classic novels often fall into this category. EXAMPLES:
  • Some educational films: We have a few videos that may seem like candidates for the COURSES neighborhood shelved with our regular non-fiction DVDs. Like the Great Courses and Modern Scholar series in the COURSES area, these offer structured lessons and are clearly designed to support learning specific topics. Running-time and the actual physical contents of the course matter: err on the side of DVD NF for shorter courses with no supplementary materials attached. Examples of the usually YA-oriented type of material to place in NF DVD rather than COURSES:
  • Both DVD and Blu-Ray formats: Use the same iType and loan rule for both types of disk, but note the distinct iCodes: 113XX for DVDs vs 111XX for Blu-Rays. Also be sure to check the material type when importing records — Blu-Rays have material type “1” not “g.” If you ever need to verify what type of bib record you’re dealing with before updating the material type, and there happens to be no clear Blu-Ray indicator in a 3XX or 5XX field, look at the physical description codes in field 007. The 4th letter should be “s” on Blu-ray bibs.


  • Limited-run shows and mini-series: If a program aired on television in parts and has a total runtime over 3 hours, err on the side of TV, not FF. Do this even if the show is billed as a movie and follows a tight beginning-middle-end story arc over just a few installments. Check IMDB for an episode list if clarification is needed; whether or not a made-for-TV movie aired in parts isn’t always clear from the bib. EXAMPLES:
  • Individual episodes of a TV show: Single episodes are sometimes released in their own packaging. Though brief and self-contained — basically consumable just like a film — keep them in TV with the shows they’re derived from. Standalone films based on a show and made for TV (not for the theater) should also go in TV. EXAMPLES:


  • Stickers: Add a foreign film sticker to any FF or documentary filmed in a foreign language. Where a movie is produced is less important than the dialogue in which the characters speak. English-language British, Australian, and Canadian productions, for example, do not get the sticker. Check subfield |h and the first subfield |a in the 041 tag to determine language content; foreign language shows won’t have eng in these slots. Also be sure the correct circulation rule sticker is applied to the lower right corner of the front of the disk jacket. Make sure to add the STAR circ rules label for disks set to that status (put a piece of clear tape beneath it so it comes off easily). See the images below.
  • Tricky titles: See this page for guidance on formatting call numbers and spine labels for films starting with abbreviations or 1-2 letter words.
  • New status: Use the street date — not the year the video first streamed/was shown in theaters — to determine whether it gets location code znan or znda. Midwest Tape lists the street date on the product details page for each title.
  • Combo packs: Make sure to update the material type when separating these out, using “1” for the blu-ray disk. Leave the standard number on the container in an 024 field (or add it if it isn’t there); OSL can take care of recording a specific identifier for each disc in the 028 publisher/distributor field. See the Justice league: apokolips war combo pack DVD and Blu-Ray bibs as an example.
  • Special features disks: Generally err on the side of using or creating a new bib for items that offer special features on a separate disk. The guidance from OSL (3/11/19 DBM Meeting) doesn’t require libraries to attach to the exact bib matching the item they have in hand, but does affirm the general practice of maintaining both “regular” and “special features” bibs in Sierra: “It was decided that these items [with special features content on a standalone disk] should remain as different records. Libraries can add their items to either edition if they are concerned about holds. Multiple discs should be noted in the Item Message field.” Note, for instance, the multiple bibs for E.T.
  • Widescreen vs full-screen: Each format gets its own bib. Check the note fields (500 or 538) to verify you’re attaching to the correct record.
  • More information: The UNLV, UF, and Johnson County, KS cataloging departments offer extensive documentation on cataloging videos. And for quick reference to the MARC fields, view the outline for a typical DVD bib here.


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