The Chicago Public Library protects the open and rampant use of Internet pornography by library patrons. This blog is an attempt to bring awareness to this issue and enact change.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

More Awareness - YAY!

This article is great! It is specifically about CPL. What I like about this article is that it talks about how lovely the library really is (or could be, without the whole porn issue) and then it points out that the one thing that's a total bummer is CPL's policy of allowing open Internet pornography use at its branches.

I feel it's appropriately titled as, "The Chicago Public Library: It's Not Just for Reading Anymore". Here's a link to the article for the entire read. (Don't worry - it's a quick one).

Unlike this author, I really do think that things with change - with time and perseverance, common sense will eventually win out for CPL.
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Sunday, August 9, 2009

This made me laugh out loud...

there's just something about stating the obvious with such panache - it's a wonderous thing. {contented sigh}

Public Libraries Are Havens For Porn And Wankers
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Lewd Acts at the Library - Nothing New...

There's been a recent upsurge of interest in indecent acts occurring in public libraries as a result of downloading internet pornography. For anyone that might have a hard time connecting the dots on this one - that means there has been more publicity on the issue of open masturbation in public libraries.

If you've been following this blog for awhile, this is not necessarily news to you. You know as much as the next patron that this has been an issue as long as public porn use has been an issue.

However, I thought I'd share links to some of these articles, all based around the Sunshine Coast in Queensland:
Library Porn Pervs Caught in the Act
Porn Access Spark Library 'Indecent Acts'
Free Porn Prompts Sex Acts at Libraries
Men Download Porn, Perform Lewd Acts at Public Libraries

Here are some gems from the article, Free Porn Prompts Sex Acts at Libraries (link above):

"This is obviously a very serious matter, because public libraries are family-friendly places with lots of young people around. We don't want them exposed to this sort of lewd behaviour, which is obviously a secondary behaviour to the (downloading of) pornography."

"The pressure is on us to do something about it because we do not want to be attracting people to our public libraries for this purpose."

I agree. This is a serious matter for the CPL too - for many of the same reasons listed above: public libraries are family-friendly, and lots of young people are around. And the pressure is definitely on us to do something about it.
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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Possible Solution to the Library Porn Problem???

In this article titled, "IT Experts Could Foil Library Porn Pervs", a potential solution to the library porn issue is presented - a filter-firewall technology called a sonic wall.

This sonic wall technology promises much greater flexibility on a library-by-library basis (i.e. if non-porn content is accidentally blocked, it's super easy for a librarian to unblock it.

But, it seems that the issue at CPL is more an issue of policy and much less an issue of technology. They have no policies against porn at all - only policies supporting it...

Here's a link to the complete article: (, as covered in the (Queensland).
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