''[[http://www.unshelved.com/ Unshelved]]'' is a daily webcomic about the staff of the fictional Mallville Public Library.
The main character is the comic book-loving, "determinedly ironic," lazy Young Adult Librarian, Dewey, who always has a snarky rejoinder for every clueless patron. Other important characters include Mel the office supplies obsessed manager, Colleen the aging computer-illiterate, Tamara the ever-cheery children's librarian, Ned the [[BunnyEarsLawyer nudist lawyer]], Merv the twelve-year-old delinquent and Buddy the page, who is never seen outside of his beaver (formerly woodchuck) suit.
The comics are gag-a-day or short [[StoryArc story arcs]], and are [[SliceOfLife quite realistic]]. In fact the author (librarian in real life) claims that the stranger the stories are, the more likely they are to be based on actual events. Allegedly, every single librarian in the world reads it, and so does half of the circulation staff.
The webcomic started in February 2002, originally under the title ''Overdue''. It became ''Unshelved'' in 2003 following a trademark issue, leading to the readers voting on the new name. On Fridays (originally [[SundayStrip Sundays]] starting in December 2005), the strip becomes The Unshelved Book Club, wherein one of the characters reviews a (real) book; readers are invited to suggest books for review. Weekends now host reruns featuring strips from the first few years of the comic.
In October 2012, ''Unshelved'' announced that it would begin presenting each new comic in color.
On November 11, 2016, ''Unshelved'' [[http://www.unshelved.com/2016-11-11/End_of_an_Era ceased publication of new strips]].
!!Tropes featured include:
* BilingualBonus: Okay, technically [[http://www.unshelved.com/archive.aspx?strip=20021018 Braille]] is an alphabet and not a language, but same idea.
* BrownNote: Dewey develops book talks that have this effect, making people faint, break out in rashes, speak Urdu, and so on.
* BusmansHoliday: Dewey spends his day off [[http://www.unshelved.com/archive.aspx?strip=20080726 reading]]. TruthInTelevision as far as many librarians are concerned.
* CompressedVice: The storyline about Colleen "quitting smoking"; it's eventually subverted when we learn that she actually quit years ago.
* DeadpanSnarker: Dewey and his boss.
-->'''Mel:''' People don't like it when you're right all the time.\\
'''Dewey:''' If being right is wrong, I don't want to be right. Nah, I still want to be right.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: At one point Dewey has to scour library computers for pirated media, revealing most of the cast has used staff computers to engage in piracy (mostly just music downloads). Mel's satisfaction after the scouring is shortly marred by patrons talking about borrowing [=CDs=] to rip their contents or other forms of offline piracy indirectly enabled by the library's collection and services. However, whenever a patron directly asks for help in pirating stuff even Dewey takes a hard stance against it - if only to save the library from official trouble (this is an actual part of a lot of libraries' policies).
* FightClubbing: Parodied with [[http://www.unshelved.com/2005-4-5 Book Club]].
* GeekyTurnOn: [[http://www.unshelved.com/archive.aspx?strip=20050526 Here]].
** In an aversion, Cathy was originally a bit of an AbhorrentAdmirer to Dewey because she was unfamiliar with his pop culture references.
* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: Averted. Mel's homosexuality is rarely brought up, and often indirectly. Some of the few examples are [[http://www.unshelved.com/2006-11-26 this strip]], [[http://www.unshelved.com/2011-6-1 this strip]], and [[http://www.unshelved.com/2011-11-2 this strip.]]
** She's mentioned a messy divorce in her past, which may make this either BiTheWay, or she was once very closeted. We really don't know much at all about Mel's personal life.
*** Aside from the fact she [[http://www.unshelved.com/2013-7-29 does live with her girlfriend]].
* IntoxicationEnsues: What happens when [[http://www.unshelved.com/2006-1-23 Dewey mixes muscle relaxants with painkillers]].
* IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow: [[http://www.unshelved.com/2005-5-26 "'Compared notes'?" "That's not what we called it my day."]]
* ItCameFromTheFridge: Seen in [[http://www.unshelved.com/2003-1-20 this strip]] in which one of the employees visits the staff refrigerator wearing a gas mask.
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: Used with a woman who comes in and asks Dewey where she can find "the ''bad'' books... you know what I mean when I say 'bad,' right?" Dewey, of course, knows exactly what she's talking about, but refuses to play along by answering "Not good?" and suggesting that if it looks new and neither of them have heard of it, then it's probably what she wants.
* LiteralMetaphor: One patron's girlfriend [[http://www.unshelved.com/archive.aspx?strip=20070417 wants to close the book on their relationship]].
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: One minor character is a nudist lawyer who spends all day at the library arguing about his First Amendment rights.
* NoodleIncident: [[http://www.unshelved.com/2002-7-11 The chess club]].
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: [[http://www.unshelved.com/2004-2-29 The best vegan root beer float]] ever.
* PeekABangs: An unnamed regular.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: ''Webcomic/NotInventedHere'' was launched from ''Unshelved'' in 2009.
* PornStache: [[http://www.unshelved.com/archive.aspx?strip=20090530 This]] strip.
* PrankInjuries: [[http://www.unshelved.com/2003-2-21 This]] strip.
* RedShirt: Referenced in [[http://www.unshelved.com/archive.aspx?strip=20030821 this]] strip.
* RetroactiveWish: In [[http://www.unshelved.com/archive.aspx?strip=20020705 this comic]], Dewey is irritated by the library mascot Buddy the Book Beaver:
-->'''Dewey:''' I wish he would just go away!\\
'''Tamara:''' Buddy's been kidnapped!\\
'''Dewey:''' Mira Sorvino! I wish for a date with Mira Sorvino!
* RidiculousProcrastinator: There's [[http://www.unshelved.com/archive.aspx?strip=20080915 a procrastination storyline]].
* SafeWord: Used in [[http://www.unshelved.com/2007-10-13 this]] strip (involving yoga).
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Dewey's grandma.
* StalkerWithACrush: Cathy stalks Dewey for the first few years of the strip's run despite multiple protests from him, and it's principally played for laughs. They eventually get together.
* SundayStrip: The Unshelved Book Club.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: [[http://www.unshelved.com/archive.aspx?strip=20060210 One]] featuring the MouthyKid and [[http://www.unshelved.com/archive.aspx?strip=20080107 a short arc about a wet chair]].
* TemptingFate: Dewey invokes this [[http://www.unshelved.com/archive.aspx?strip=20070416 here]]. ("It was a boring week...").
* ThirdPersonPerson: Randy
* TokenMinority: Dewey is a ''male'' librarian. It's [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] for laughs on a few occasions.
* WeirdTradeUnion: Buddy is a member of Funny Animal Workers 505. [[http://www.unshelved.com/2002-9-15 "You should see our main office in Orlando!"]]