DVD Selection & Purchasing Criteria & Policy

These guidelines are procedures to be used by Library staff when purchasing or deciding the inclusion of DVD’s into our collection. These guidelines are intended to be practical and specific. Policy on developing our various media collections is outlined in the Library’s Collection Development Policy document. Policy sets the direction of our collection, procedure and guidelines are how we implement the policy. These guidelines have been reviewed and approved by the Library Advisory Board

Price:  limit of $50 per DVD.  Anything over this amount must have 2 outstanding written reviews, meet ratings criteria and is purchased at the discretion of the Library Manager.

DVDs rated G, PG or PG-13: must have at least 2 stars or bones in Videohound, rogerebert.com or Video Librarian or a positive review in Library Journal or 60% or higher aggregate rating among "Top Critics" on rottentomatoes.com.

DVDs rated R: must have at least 3 stars (or bones) in Videohound, rogerebert.com, or Video Librarian; or 75% or higher aggregate rating among Top Critics on rottentomatoes.com.  At the discretion of the Collection Development Committee, we may also purchase R-rated, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress award winners if other criteria are met. Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Golden Globes and other national and international award winners will be considered for purchase on a case-by-case basis if other criteria are not met.

Unrated DVDs: When available, older movies, TV shows both old and new, and series from commercial, cable and educational sources may be purchased. To be considered for purchase, these items must have at least 3 stars in Video Librarian or a 60% or higher aggregate rating among Top Critics on rottontomatoes.com.  

New movies: If the movie in the theater was PG or PG-13 and changes were made, making it now unrated, we will consider on a case-by-case basis if the movie is requested.  

Adult DVDs other than above: will be purchased on a case-by-case basis.

Unrated children’s DVDs: The DVD must have at least 2.5 stars (or bones) in Videohound, rogerebert.com, or Video Librarian; or a 60% or higher aggregate rating among "Top Critics" on rottentomatoes.com.  If not found in those sources we will consider based on title, studio and popularity.

Foreign Language Films: must meet criteria stated above.  These will be purchased sparingly.

Carol Shroyer, Collection Development Librarian
Susan Jacob, Library Manager
Approved by the Library Advisory Board, July 7, 2014
Revised and approved by the Library Advisory Board, October 17, 2016