The Library filters access to pornographic and sexually explicit websites from all computers as required by Missouri Revised Statute 182.827, the Children's Internet Protection Act and the Commission on Child Online Protection. Filtering software is not guaranteed to protect a child from access to information that a parent/guardian finds inappropriate.
Children age 17 and under are encouraged to use the computers in the children's or young adult departments, if available, but are not required to do so. Adults age 18 and over are encouraged to use the computers in the areas designated for adults. Adults age 18 and over may be required to leave those areas designated for minors age 17 and under.
The Library staff cannot assume responsibility for children left unattended on Library property. Unattended children can disrupt Library service. Any behavior that is disruptive to Library use violates the Library's General Conduct Policy. While on Library property, children under 9 years of age (and those requiring supervision) must be in the physical presence and supervision of a responsible adult (defined as a parent, guardian, teacher or assigned caregiver who is at least 16 years of age). If a child or responsible adult violates Library General Conduct Policy or Unattended Children Policy, the child and responsible adult may be asked to leave the Library. If a responsible adult cannot be located, Library staff will contact the appropriate agencies, which may include emergency medical services, law enforcement agencies or the Missouri Department of Social Services -- Children's Division.