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What you need to know about Missouri's 'burdensome' new library rules

Missouri libraries could lose state funding if they don’t follow new rules regarding what materials children can check out. But librarians say the rules are a huge burden — and have encouraged hostile behavior from the public.

The Missouri secretary of state’s new rules for libraries are in effect starting today. Among other requirements, libraries are banned from purchasing material that’s “pornographic for minors” and from letting minors borrow materials without their parents’ permission. If they don’t comply, libraries risk losing state funding.

Kimberly Moeller is the president-elect of the Missouri Library Association. She told Nomin Ujiyediin that librarians see the new rules as redundant, burdensome and a form of censorship.

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