Tech Card Info
Custom-designed for teachers, faculty and staff serving community students in our local schools -- welcome to Bentonville Public Library's Tech Card program. The educational resources identified on our Student Portal are free to access with a BPL Tech Card!
- What is the BPL Tech Card program?
A library program that promotes digital and information literacy skills, directing users to reputable resources for academic success. Tech Cards can be used during classroom lessons, independent study or project work at home.
- Where do I get my BPL Tech Card?
For K-12, cards are distributed through school librarians, teachers and/or at school orientation events.
For College, a select number of cards are available for checkout through the college library.
- Can students use the BPL Tech Card at home?
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage students to use their cards at home for assistance with project work. Students can also access downloadable materials, such as eBooks, audiobooks, music and more with their Tech Cards.
- How do students access resources?
Online at www.bentonvillelibrary.org/student-portal.
Enter the 14-digit Tech Card barcode number (no spaces) and generic PIN (1234), when required.
NOTE: Traveler resources may require city, zip code and telephone number. Please use school's telephone number during class sessions.
- What is the PIN?
- What if the student wants to use the BPL Tech Card at home?
Elementary students can check out a BPL Tech Card at the school library.
Middle and Junior High students may take their BPL Tech Cards home.
- What if library cards are lost?
Teachers are provided with 5-10 extra cards to compensate for loss.
- Can students check out materials from BPL?
Tech cards are not for borrowing physical materials. Library cards are free to Benton County residents, and BPS staff, with valid proof of identification & residency.
- Who do I contact for assistance?
BPL Tech Card Program — Courtney Fitzgerald, Circulation Librarian @ 271-5988 or email Courtney
Pre-K-Middle School — Sue Ann Pekel, Children’s Librarian @ 271-6816 or email Sue
Junior High-High School — Sarah Herford, Teen Services Librarian @ 273-7755 or email Sarah
College, Downloadables & Tech Support — Heather Hays, Reference Librarian @ 271-5976 or email Heather
School Roll Out Schedule
2014-2015: Year 1 (2 schools)
- Bright Field Middle
- Fulbright Junior High
2015-2016: Year 2 (11 schools)
- Apple Glen Elementary
- Lincoln Junior High
- Mary Mae Jones Elementary
- Old High Middle
- RE Baker Elementary
- Ruth Hale Barker Middle
- Thomas Jefferson Elementary
- Washington Junior High
- Willowbrook Elementary
2016-2017: Year 3 (19 schools)
- Ardis Ann Middle
- Bentonville High
- Bentonville High West
- Centerton Gamble Elementary
- Central Park Elementary
- Cooper Elementary
- Elm Tree Elementary
- Sugar Creek Elementary
2017-2018: Year 4 (21 schools)
- Creekside Middle
- Osage Creek Elementary
- Thaden School
2018-2019: Year 5 (25 schools and institutions)
- Benton County Juvenile Detention Center
- Haas Hall Academy
- Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter
- Northwest Arkansas Community College
Special thanks to Bright Field Middle School and Fulbright Junior High School serving as test schools for the fall 2014 launch of BPL's Tech Card program.
Funding the Program
Digital resources are supported by the Bentonville Public Library and the Arkansas State Library.
- BPL's investment is valued at more than $78,000 annually.
- The State Library's Traveler database project is funded through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and is valued at over $844,000 annually. Additional state funds are provided by the Arkansas Department of Education.
BPL's Tech Card program is implemented in partnership with the Bentonville Public Schools.
Sponsorships and grants to the Bentonville Library Foundation have helped fund BPL’s Tech Card program, including support from the Walmart ROC Team and the Walmart Foundation’s Volunteerism Always Pays (VAP) program.
Some Traveler resources may require users to enter a city, zip code and telephone number. To promote consistency with students, teachers may wish to use the school's telephone number during class sessions.
The Arkansas Traveler Database project is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.