Is porn OK on library computers?

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"There's a 15 minute computer that faces everybody and everybody walks past that computer," Jeremie Elliott said. "I observed a gentleman, I should say, actually at the 15 minute computer watching adult content."

EUGENE, Ore. - Jeremie Elliott visited the Eugene Public Library with friends last weekend.

When the group, which included a child, entered a computer area, the father of two saw something that upset him.

"There's a 15 minute computer that faces everybody and everybody walks past that computer," Elliott said. "I observed a gentleman, I should say, actually at the 15 minute computer watching adult content."

Elliott said he believes people should be free to watch whatever they want at home.

But he said library patrons should feel comfortable and protected.

"There are some smart children, and I'm sure they could see what I saw by clicking a couple keps," he said, "and that is so detrimental."

The Eugene Public Library has a hundred screens, as well wireless service for those using their own devices. Monitoring what people are doing would be a challenge.

While Internet content filters have been considered, library officials said they're costly and often ineffective.

Instead,  the library staff said that if someone's behavior is reported as disruptive, officials will intervene.

The library also tries to zone the use of computers.

"In the kids area, there's kids computers that are available only to those under 12," said Conniee Bennett with the Eugene Public Library. "Your card will not let you on these if you're 12 or over, and you're never going to be adjacent to someone viewing more mature material."

Similar areas exist for teenagers and adults.

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