Board will consider new library policy regarding sex offenders

A policy being considered by the Iowa City Public Library’s board of trustees would keep registered sex offenders out of the library but grant them use of online resources and the ability to send a representative to check out material.

The proposed policy is in response to a new state law that went into effect July 1 ruling that sex offenders who have been convicted of a crime against a minor cannot enter a public library without the written permission of the library administrator. Sex offenders also are not allowed to loiter within 300 feet of a library.

The library board, which discussed the issue at its June meeting and is working to have a policy in place soon to address the new law, could vote on the matter at a 5 p.m. meeting today at the library.

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