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The Internet, as an information resource, enables the Library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collections. It allows access to information, ideas, and commentary from around the world. This global network of networks, accessible via the workstation, is unregulated. It offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages. It also enables access to material that may be inaccurate, offensive or disturbing.
Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) upholds and affirms the right of each individual to have access to constitutionally protected material. Access to obscene matter, visuals harmful to children and child pornography is prohibited on all Library computers. Toward that end, PGCMLS has in place software designed to filter prohibited materials on workstations. There are also procedures in place to enforce the policy. PGCMLS respects the rights and responsibility of parents to determine and monitor their children's use of library materials and resources and cautions parents against relying on software to protect the children or themselves from unwanted content.
The Library's Rules of Conduct, which are posted, and the procedures for enforcing the rules have been endorsed by the Board of Library Trustees and are a public record.