Began July 1, 2003
A divided Supreme Court decided on June 23, 2003
to uphold the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). As a
result of the ruling, all public libraries receiving federal funding MUST
put Internet filtering software on all the computers in the library -- or
lose all federal funding.
In WV the filtering software has been installed at the
state level. The software uses identified addresses not
"keywords" to block sites. This means that the
software is less likely to block "appropriate"
sites; however, as the list of blocked sites is updated nightly,
there may be "inappropriate" sites that slip through the
filter. No filter is perfect.
If you are 18 or over and sites you need to
access are blocked, please ask the librarian to override the filter for
If you are under 18 and need access to a blocked site, you
may bring in a parent who may then request that the filter be turned
off.. The parent must stay with you until the filter has been
For more information about the law and its impact on
public libraries, click
here. If you have any questions specific to
this library, please ask your librarian.