Yes. In 2007, a community advisory group, the Pima County Library Advisory Board and the Pima County Board of Supervisors, all agreed that age-specific filtering was appropriate for computers used by county residents in the public library system.
How the Filtering System Works
The filtering system filters sites based on the age of the user. The following categories of web sites are filtered:
|Children (ages 0-12) and Wifi||Teens (ages 13-17)||Adults (ages 18 and up)|
|Adult content, including child pornography, explicit art, obscene/tasteless. pornography/adult content||Adult content, including child pornography, explicit art, obscene/tasteless. pornography/adult content||Adult content, including child pornography, explicit art, obscene/tasteless. pornography/adult content|
|Peer-to-peer file sharing||Peer-to-peer file sharing||Peer-to-peer file sharing|
|Illegal or questionable||Sites determined by Library Administration|
|Sites determined by Library Administration|
This filtering protects children from inappropriate sites, and likewise filtering at the teen level uses certain criteria deemed acceptable for that age group.
When adults using library computers attempt to access a questionable site (such as sites that are categorized as explicit art, obscene/tasteless, pornography) they will first see a screen advising them of state and federal cautions regarding viewing of questionable websites in public use areas. Adults then can choose to proceed or cancel their website choice.
Pima County Public Library strives to protect all customers' freedom of access to information. We believe this filtering process provides a solid modicum both of protection for young people and of the adult's right to view materials of their choice.
Requests to Unblock a Website
Requests to unblock a website that is currently filtered by the system can be submitted using the Contact Us form.
Filtering and Arizona State Law
Below are the Arizona Revised Statutes that address unfiltered Internet access and its uses when children are present. Engaging in activities that are harmful to minors, as defined in Arizona Revised Statutes, will not be allowed. The viewing of child pornography or obscenity is illegal and will not be allowed.
Arizona Revised Statutes:
- 13-3501 - http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ars/13/03501.htm
- 13-3506 - http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ars/13/03506.htm
- 13-3507 - http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ars/13/03507.htm
Visit our Policies & Guidelines page for our Computer and Wifi Use Agreement. You must accept this agreement to use our computers or wifi.
Related Links to the Computer and Wifi Use Agreement:
- Filtering software is intended to comply with the federal Children's Internet Protection Act and Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 13, Chapter 35
- Monitoring a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. For information on good digital parenting, see the Family Online Safety Institute
- You may not use Library electronic resources, including Internet access through its computer or WiFi, for activity prohibited by federal law, Arizona law, or Library policy including Title 18, United States Code, Part I, Chapter 110, Sexual Exploitation and other abuse of children and Title 17, United State Code - Copyrights
- When children are present, engaging in activities that are harmful to minors, as defined in Arizona Revised Statutes Arizona Revised Statutes 13-3501, 13-3506, and 13-3507 is prohibited