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A Note to Patrons About Filtering Software


Because the Library receives federal funding for public Internet access, federal law requires the library to install blocking software on the library's Internet terminals.

The blocking software, or filter, is intended to protect against access to Internet material that is obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors. The filter is imperfect and technologically limited, however, and so it may block access to some constitutionally protected material on the Internet and may fail to completely block Internet material that is obscene, child pornography or harmful to minors.

As the law requires, the library will provide unfiltered Internet access to persons 17 or older who request it for bona fide research or any other lawful purpose.

 

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