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Sex, Drugs and the Public Library

Sex, Drugs and the Public Library

Sex and drug use were some of the illegal activities caught on camera at branches of the Los Angeles Public Library during a three-month undercover investigation by the NBC4 I-Team. Hidden cameras at locations in the nation's... Read More

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Nov 15, 2017
Porn at the Public Library

Porn at the Public Library

The L.A. Public Library offers free internet at its 73 branches, but an NBC4 I-Team investigation finds many patrons use it to watch explicit porn, often with children nearby. Read More

Dec 18, 2017
Disturbing Incidents Reported at LA City Libraries

Disturbing Incidents Reported at LA City Libraries

The NBC4 I-Team has uncovered hundreds of disturbing incidents reported at Los Angeles city libraries, many that put the safety of employees and the public at risk. Read More

Nov 16, 2017
LAPD Cracks Down on Crime at Los Angeles City Libraries

LAPD Cracks Down on Crime at Los Angeles City Libraries

The Los Angeles Police Chief is adding more officers to patrol Los Angeles public libraries, in response to an NBC4 undercover investigation that exposed illegal activity at local libraries. Those crimes often occurred while... Read More

Nov 21, 2017
Los Angeles Vows to Rid Libraries of Sex and Drugs

Los Angeles Vows to Rid Libraries of Sex and Drugs

Both the Los Angeles City Council and the LA County board of supervisors took action Tuesday to make public libraries safer, in direct response to an NBC4 I-Team undercover investigation last week. Read More

Library Security Incident Report for 2017

Library Security Incident Report for 2017

Click here for the 2017 LA branch library system security report summary. Read More

Nov 16, 2017
Patrons Watch Porn at Public Libraries

Patrons Watch Porn at Public Libraries

For the first time, the NBC4 I-Team investigates why it is legal for patrons are allowed to watch hardcore porn in public libraries. Joel Grover reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

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