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Internet Porn a Problem in Libraries Across The Country

Porn in the library, really? Have we become that obsessed with sex that we have to carry it to the freaking library?

In a recent episode of “Inside Editon,” a problem which I never would’ve imagined was revealed. Granted I’m from a small town, and with the invention of the internet, I certainly don’t frequent libraries as often as I once did, but I never would have imagined that porn would be permissible within the walls of libraries in which tax payers pay to operate.

The episode of Inside Edition showed people in several different libraries openly looking at pornography on the screens of library computers. To make it even worse, there were small children using computers just feet away. I hit the internet to see if this was a problem elsewhere and what cities were doing about it.

One article concerning a Chinatown library in Los Angles, California depicted the same problem shown on the Inside Edition episode. The LA City Council met on the issue and determined that it was within a library patron’s First Amendment rights to view pornography in libraries. The council further decided that privacy screens were the answer to limit exposure of the porn to other library patrons and balance privacy with security. 

On Dec. 1 2011, a Laguna Beach newspaper reported that Joseph Clarence Cormier II had been watching porn and fondling himself before he was put under citizen’s arrest by another library patron and eventually arrested and charged with lewd conduct and possession of marijuana. The paper said that homeless people frequented the local libraries to watch porn. One angry parent pointed out that libraries don’t have printed pornographic material available and shouldn’t have it available on the internet either.

There were countless other media reports about incidences of pornography being viewed all across the country, unrestricted or with limited attempts to apply screens to the computers or move them to a more private area of the library. And, the few cities and counties that did make attempts at “censorship” seemed to be failing egregiously. A prime example is this report by the Baltimore Sun.  

it seems that any corrections thus far have been one extreme or the other…do virtually nothing or install software that makes it impossible to look at anything with the word sex, regardless of content or context.

So what do you think? Porn in the library – encroaching on the rights of parents to keep their kid’s minds clean and safe -or- a First Amendment right? I personally agree with Dr. Reisman and also think that software for filters should be upgraded to function properly.

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  1. erwinkennythomas

    On February 22, 2012 at 8:39 pm


    quite a problem

  2. Ruby Hawk

    On February 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm


    Librarians should be on the lookout for anyone looking at porn. I go to several different different libraries and I don’t believe anyone could get away with that in any of them. The computers are in the middle of the floor in plain view of everyone. I think anyone doing it would be thrown out. Next time I’m there I’ll walk around and look, I would certainly tell the librarian.

  3. Karen Gross

    On February 23, 2012 at 2:00 am


    It is hard to filter the internet. Our computer science teacher said that innocent searches occasionally led to porn, and the girls would scream. Hopefully the filters are ’smarter’ these days (I was a teacher when computers were first brought into the school).

  4. MissLindsie

    On February 23, 2012 at 2:38 am


    I watch the same thing you watched and I was in shock. That is so wrong and should done in a privet matter, never public. Especially to the kids, because they will be traumatized, because they can’t handle the adult stuff, let alone porn.

  5. Felix Tumbi

    On February 24, 2012 at 11:17 am


    Does it mean that Libraries promotes this? it’s too bad…. i hope they cross check their stuff..
    Good article though .. keep it up!

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