Are there filters on the computers or wifi?

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:

Visit our Policies & Guidelines page for our Computer and Wifi Use Agreement. You must accept this agreement to use our computers or wifi.

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