Customers of the Public Library's Internet facilities may not use them to display graphics that are obscene or harmful to minors. Graphics "obscene or harmful to minors" refer to some sexually explicit graphics. As used in this policy, the following terms mean:
"Community" means Ramsey County.
"Graphic" means the visual display on a computer monitor.
"Harmful to minors" means that quality of any graphic, in whatever form, of nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse, when it:
- predominantly appeals to the prurient, shameful, or morbid interest of minors, and
- is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is
- suitable material for minors, and
- lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.
"Minor" means any person under the age of 18 years.
"Nudity" means the showing of the human male or female genitals, pubic area, or buttocks with less than a fully opaque covering, or the showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering of any portion thereof below the top of the nipple, or the depiction of covered male genitals in a discernibly turgid state.
"Obscene" means that the graphic, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest in sex and depicts or describes, in a patently offensive manner, sexual conduct, and which, taken as a whole, does not have serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value. In order to determine that a graphic is obscene, library staff must find:
- that the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the graphic, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest in sex, and
- that the graphic depicts sexual conduct specifically defined below in a patently offensive manner, and
- that the graphic, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.
"Sadomasochistic abuse" means flagellation or torture by or upon a person clad in undergarments, a mask or bizarre costume, or the condition of being fettered, bound, or otherwise physically restrained on the part of one so clothed.
"Sexual conduct" means acts of masturbation, homosexuality, sexual intercourse, or physical contact with a person's unclothed genitals, pubic area, buttocks, or, if such a person be a female, her breast.
"Sexual excitement" means the condition of human male or female genitals when in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal.
May 20, 1998