SAN FRANCISCO, July 25, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - Rather than restrict access to pornography on its computers, the San Francisco Public Library has installed plastic privacy screens so visitors can view pornography more discreetly, according to a recent New York Times report.
“It’s for their privacy, and for ours,” said library spokeswoman Michelle Jeffers.
The move came in response to complaints from library patrons that some computer users were watching hard-core porn in full view of anyone who passed by.
A woman who was exposed to pornography after she passed someone watching hard-core pornography suggested that the library create specific areas or rooms for internet pornography users. But library officials told her that nothing like that would be done, although the facility has designated rooms such as the James Hormel Gay and Lesbian Reading Center that caters to homosexual clientele.
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Instead, the library addressed the issue by installing 18 computer monitors with plastic hoods so that only the person using the computer can see what is on the screen.
Jeffers added that the library also intends to place signs near all its computers asking users to be “sensitive to other patrons,” a solution it prefers to placing network porn filtering software on its computers.
“We’re always looking for any kind of elegant solution that strikes a balance between the right to privacy and folks that want to use the library for any other intended purpose,” said head librarian Luis Herrera to local media.
Luis Herrera, City Librarian