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Borough Park area Brooklyn Public Library removes iPads after visitors surfed adult websites

By Mason White 5:41 PM August 14, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
A Borough Park area Brooklyn Public Library said that they removed iPads from their facility after users viewed adult websites on them, the New York Daily News reported.

The iPads, which were placed in the children’s section of the 18th Avenue branch about two years ago, were used by children and some parents for shopping, playing violent video games and viewing adult sites.

Older children took the iPads, changed the passwords and installed their own applications. Visitors of the library complained that there were adult photos and videos on the iPads.

The Brooklyn Public Library installed a web filter last year, to prevent customers from viewing adult websites on computers. Meanwhile, at the Boston Public Library, officials announced that they began to throw away books.

The BPL adds more than 130,000 new books to its collection every year. Studies have shown that a library shelf that is too full, is unattractive for a user.

The BPL said that they are removing damaged books. They are also removing medical books that are out of date as well as book that have not circulated for four to six years.