SAN ANTONIO -

One  of the city's newest City Councilmembers is looking to change the current internet policy at public libraries in San Antonio.

District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg is proposing installing filters or blocks to prevent children from looking at pornographic material on computers at the public library.

"Right now, there is no filtered content in the internet," said Nirenberg. "So children and adults can do as they please on the internet."

Nirenberg is specifically looking at getting the San Antonio Public Library System in compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act.

Nirenberg said schools districts throughout the city are already in compliance and the San Antonio Public Library board was already reevaluating the policy.

"The whole idea is to protect our children, what they view and what they might be exposed to," said San Antonio Public Libary Director Ramiro Salazar. "So that's the whole focus."

For now, library staff periodically checks what people are looking at online and, so far, directors said they have had very few problems.

However, if the public library system is in compliance with the act, the libraries would get additional federal funding.

"There is some costs involved, but the benefit from the city's side is that once we are in line for full e-rate funding, the benefit is up to $2 million for the city that we would have been paying for in broadband services," he said.

There had been some concern that adding these filters would be a form of government censorship.

However, Nirenberg said under the new policy, an adult can still go into any public library and ask for these filters to be removed.

The public library board is expected to reevaluate the current policy and make a decision within the next three months.

If it's approved, it will be implemented by July 2014.

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