Illinois Library Rejects Request to Stop Carrying M-Rated Games

posted on 2013-04-21 23:49 EDT

The Elmhurst Public Library in Elmhurst, Illinois rejected requests by some citizens to change its policies and remove M-rated games from its catalog last Tuesday.

Library director Mary Beth Campe told the Chicago Tribune, "There's no evidence I can see between these games and violent behavior."

Library officials asserted that carrying the M-rated games in the catalog fell under the Constitution's First Amendment protecting free speech. Mature titles are only checked out to individuals who provide proof of age (17 or older) and cannot be rented via self checkout.

Jim Schuetz, a speaker for the citizen group, asserted that they were not looking to ban Mature-rated games, but asking the library to create "selection criteria and procedures" for which titles to carry. The library currently chooses titles based on popularity and community requests. Some M-rated titles carried by the library are Killzone 3, Call of Duty: World at War, and SOCOM 4 Navy Seals.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip

Source: Chicago Tribune via GameStop

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