Our Mission & Values

The mission of Bentonville Public Library is to engage our community, to encourage discovery and promote literacy by offering lifelong learning opportunities. 

Bentonville Public Library values Community, Diversity, Education and Intellectual Freedom.

Governance & Funding

Governed by the Bentonville City Council, BPL is a City Department.  The Library Director reports directly to the Mayor and City Council.  The Library Director also reports to a  Library Advisory Board, an advocate and support group for BPL.

Bentonville Library's budget is primarily funded by the City of Bentonville general operating fund.  BPL's annual budget of nearly $1 million supports library personnel, operational expenditures and capital purchases. Revenue resources include overdue fines, basic cost-recovery fees, donations and grants.

Bentonville Library benefits from the Arkansas State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) programs under the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) supporting technology and summer reading.

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