(July 3, 2007) — The Rochester Public Library will go along with recommendations from a task force to ban pornographic Web sites at city libraries after the county’s library system agreed to the policy in May.
The city’s library board was torn over whether to agree to the task force recommendations, but relented in order to preserve $6.6 million in county aid. Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks threatened to pull the money if the Central Library didn’t ban pornographic Web sites there.
The library’s board last week agreed to follow the recommendations of the task force, which was formed earlier this year once Brooks protested the old policy and after a television station showed patrons viewing pornography at the Central Library.
“This was a difficult decision, which was arrived at following careful review of the first amendment, state law and censorship concerns,” a statement from the library said. “The board concluded that the Central Library is too valuable to the community to allow any disruption of service.”
This from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.