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Question #52219 posted on 06/15/2009 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm new to BYU and was so excited to use the Harold B Lee library. My expectations were crushed and I was devestated to find that the library harbors pornographic novels in the romance section. I know i'm taking a risk at sounding self-righteous, but the library is peddeling porn on sacred ground! As someone who has had to deal with issues similar to this, I am worried about how many people have been caught in this easily-accessible sin. Am I the only one to notice this? Has anyone pursued this issue before?

- Panda

A: Dear Panda,

As a former employee of the HBLL, I am well aware of the "inappropriate" material that is harbored there. Most of this material, which is considered risque and even evil by many LDS members, is kept in what is known as the Locked Case Collection. This includes but is not limited to such things as anti-Mormon literature, pornographic novels, and detailed books about homosexuality. In order to access materials held in the Locked Case Collection, you must be given approval which is only granted if you have a legitimate reason to see said materials (e.g., for an important research paper). The materials in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections can only be accessed in a similar way, too.

All of the books that are added to the HBLL must go through approval. If you have found a book that you think shouldn't be available to the general public, then contact the subject librarian in charge of that book and talk to them about having it moved into the Locked Case Collection. The HBLL is one of the most extensive university libraries in the United States because it houses a copious amount of research materials and information, even on subjects that are considered "taboo" in modern LDS culture. Please do not think that all of these types of materials desecrate the library. Ignorance is a silly excuse for severely limiting one's knowledge.

-Sky Bones