Rochester Libraries Adopt New Filtering Policy – Kinda

The War May Be Over. A ban on pornographic Web sites at Monroe County libraries was adopted Wednesday, a move expected to preserve county funding for the Central Library of Rochester but leaves library leaders at odds over whether the decision is censorship.

The two boards that oversee policies for the Central Library and the county library system were under threat of essentially having the Central Library shut down by County Executive Maggie Brooks over a long-held policy that had let adult patrons — upon request — unblock potentially inappropriate or pornographic Web sites.

But how the policy will be implemented and what librarians will deem pornographic remains unclear. And because both library boards didn’t approve the policy, officials were unsure whether the new policy would extend to the Central Library. Also, it’s uncertain what impact the policy would have on existing rules at town libraries, each of which has its own boards.