Library Turns Tor Back On


The Kilton Public Library in Lebanon, New Hampshire had been offering patrons Tor software used to anonymize Internet usage. Then, the Department of Homeland Security contacted the library last week and requested the service be turned off, and the library complied. The action raised questions of legality, whether the department had overstepped its powers, and why library patrons shouldn’t be allowed anonymous Internet use. Following public outrage, the New Hampshire public library that had been offering the Tor program has since turned it back on.

Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →