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Learn more about Bendable, our partners and how to get help.

Accessing Bendable

To access all the features of Bendable, go to the “Log in” tab in the navigation bar at the top of the app and sign up for an account by filling out the required fields.

As you’ll see, you will be asked for a library card number. Having a St. Joseph County Public Library card is the key to accessing many parts of Bendable.

But don’t worry if you don’t have one or don’t have yours handy. By entering a South Bend zip code, you will get a temporary, 30-day access to all of Bendable.

Creating an account will start a process in which a Bendable administrator will either verify that you already have a valid SJCPL card or attempt to contact you directly to be issued one.

If you do have a SJCPL card already, please use the same email address to sign up for Bendable that you used to get your card. This will speed up the verification process.

If you don’t have a St. Joseph County Public Library card, you can visit any branch to apply for one. You can find your nearest branch by clicking here.

Need help?
Don’t have an email account to sign up for Bendable?
A librarian can help you set one up. Click here to find the library branch most convenient for you.
Need basic skills training, with support from a learning coach?
Our trusted partners at Cell-Ed have just what you’re looking for. To access Cell-Ed on your mobile phone, dial 818-423-5533 and enter 4678# when asked by the voice on the call.
Need transportation, child care or other help so that you can learn?
About Bendable
Why use Bendable?
Bendable is meant to provide opportunities for lifelong learning so that the residents of South Bend can be more resilient in the face of a fast-changing economy. That said, people use Bendable to learn all sorts of things—not only for work, but also to help themselves or their family eat healthier meals or better manage their finances, or simply because they’re passionate or curious about a particular topic.
Who is in charge of Bendable?
In South Bend, the St. Joseph County Public Library oversees Bendable. Because of that, you can be sure that all of the learning resources you’ll find on the system are of the highest quality and that your personal information is safe.
Does Bendable cost money?
Because Bendable is being offered through the public library, the vast majority of learning resources featured on the system are free to local residents. When there is a cost, it’s clearly indicated.
Who exactly is Bendable for?
Much of the content on Bendable is geared for working adults, but it is truly a “lifelong” learning system. Anyone from elementary school through retirement age should be able to find interesting things to learn.
How do I access Bendable?
Bendable is partly a digital system. You can access most of its learning resources online. All you have to do is sign up on the app. But Bendable users have made clear that they don’t always want to learn online. They also want to learn with each other, and from each other. And so library branches and other brick-and-mortar spaces around South Bend have been designated as Bendable learning centers. They offer face-to-face onboarding to the system, study sessions, learning meetups and other in-person learning events.
Why an app?
You can also think of it as a website. In any case, having a digital platform allows us to help you find the right learning resources. By setting your learning preferences on the app (under “My stuff”), the system can recommend content that’s most relevant for you.
Do you log in on your phone? Or on a computer?
The Bendable app is available on any Internet-connected device (smartphone, tablet, PC, etc.). Librarians and staff at other Bendable learning centers around South Bend can help you get set up using whatever technology makes you most comfortable.
How did you choose what to include on Bendable?
The team that developed Bendable—led by the Drucker Institute, a social enterprise based at Claremont Graduate University in California—spent more than a year talking with thousands of residents across South Bend, hearing directly from them about what they need to learn and want to learn, and how they like to learn. South Bend employers, city officials, nonprofit leaders and others also contributed their ideas. This local input shaped the design of Bendable and dictated what content would be included. In a very real sense, the people of South Bend co-created Bendable. And we will continue to collect their feedback to ensure that they have a hand in the system’s ongoing evolution.
Can you apply for a job on Bendable?
No, you can’t apply for a job on Bendable. But in the Career Collections that you’ll find on the platform, you can access learning resources that local employers say will provide the skills that are needed to obtain some of the most in-demand jobs in the region, including in healthcare, advanced manufacturing and IT.
Do you get credit for what you learn on Bendable?
You can track and mark your progress as you take courses on Bendable in the “In progress,” “I finished this” and “My gallery” sections under “My stuff.” Through our Career Collections, you can also earn digital badges—official recognition from our educational content partners that you’ve mastered the specific job-related skills you set out to learn. In certain cases, you can earn college credit for courses available on Bendable. And you can also use Bendable to get your high school diploma.
Where does the content on Bendable come from?
All of the learning resources on Bendable come from a group of well-vetted and highly trusted local and national content partners. We have worked closely with these providers to ensure that you have a good experience whenever you leave the Bendable app and go to one of their sites to learn something.
Can South Bend residents add new content to Bendable?
People in South Bend can contribute to Bendable through Community Collections—learning playlists on a wide range of topics curated by local residents. If you know of someone who you think would put together an interesting Community Collection, you can nominate them here.
How is Bendable funded and supported?
Bendable was developed with funding from Google.org, Walmart.org, the City of South Bend and other local public and private entities. The St. Joseph County Public Library is responsible for maintaining the system, with the support of the Drucker Institute.
Is Bendable available in other cities—or is it only in South Bend?
Bendable was started in South Bend, where it launched in June 2020. The Drucker Institute is now replicating the model in other cities. For more, please visit drucker.institute/bendable.
What if I have a question that wasn’t answered here?
Don’t hesitate to contact the Bendable team by clicking here.
About Bendable learning centers

Bendable users have made clear that they don’t just want to learn online. They also want to learn with each other, and from each other. And so library branches and other brick-and-mortar spaces around South Bend have been designated as Bendable learning centers. They offer face-to-face onboarding to the system, study sessions, learning meetups and other in-person learning events.

Click here to find the library branch near you. Click here to find a list of other Bendable learning centers.

An important note for our community’s health and safety: In order to help stop the spread of coronavirus, there are no in-person Bendable learning events currently scheduled at any location. For updates on the situation from the library, please click here.

About our content partners
Cell-Ed
Launched in 2014, Cell-Ed helps adults to acquire literacy, language, life and work skills through a highly personalized and intuitive mobile platform. Learners can simply listen to lessons on their flip phone or smartphone anywhere and anytime—no Internet connection or costly data plan needed. They text to show that they understand the lesson and can talk and text with Cell-Ed automated and live coaches on demand. Tens of thousands of learners have accessed Cell-Ed through partner organizations, including companies, nonprofits, government agencies and public libraries.
Common Threads
Common Threads is a national nonprofit organization that provides children and families cooking and nutrition education to encourage healthy habits that contribute to wellness. It equips under-resourced communities with information to make affordable, nutritious and appealing food choices wherever they live, work, learn and play. Knowing that food is rooted in culture and tradition, Common Threads promotes diversity in its lessons and recipes, encouraging participants to celebrate the world around them.
Drucker Institute
A social enterprise based at Claremont Graduate University, the Drucker Institute offers frameworks for effectiveness, grounded in the humanistic values of the late management scholar Peter Drucker, and equips organizations and individuals to put them into practice. Among the programs that it offers are courses and trainings for managers at all levels.
edX
A nonprofit founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million learners. It offers the highest quality online courses from more than 140 institutions that share its commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. edX is transforming traditional education by removing the barriers of cost, location and access. Fulfilling the demand for people to learn on their own terms, edX supports learners at every stage, whether entering the job market, changing fields, seeking a promotion or exploring new interests.
Forever Learning Institute
Forever Learning Institute, which is currently housed in the Parish Center of St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church, has been in South Bend for more than 45 years. It provides a unique opportunity to engage seniors by continuing to expand their knowledge and serve their community. Courses are taught by an all-volunteer faculty and include dance, music, foreign languages, creative arts, literature, spirituality, health and wellness, technology and computers, and business.
GCFGlobal
A program of the Goodwill Community Foundation and Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina Inc., GCFGlobal has served more than 100 million people over nearly 20 years. You can access its content 24 hours a day, at your own pace. You can watch a single video tutorial or take an entire course—it’s up to you. As our friends at GCFGlobal put it, “We believe there’s freedom in the ability to learn what you want, when you want, regardless of income or circumstances.”
Goodwill Industries of Michiana
Goodwill Industries of Michiana has been a part of the South Bend community since 1936, based on the original Goodwill founded in 1902 by Rev. Edgar J. Helms. Today, Goodwill Industries of Michiana serves nearly 3,000 individuals and employs more than 700 individuals through Northern Indiana, Southwest Michigan, and Southeast Chicagoland, empowering people and strengthening communities through the power of work.
Indiana University South Bend
The largest regional campus of Indiana University, IU South Bend is a comprehensive undergraduate and postgraduate institution serving North Central Indiana. It values excellence in teaching, student-faculty interaction, research and creative activity, diversity and inclusivity, a global perspective and collaboration in lifelong learning. Indiana University began teaching classes in South Bend in 1916 at Central High School, located downtown. In 1961, IU South Bend moved to its current location along the St. Joseph River.
IT Sector Partnership
The IT Sector Partnership is a nonprofit organization that aims to identify and fill the need for tech talent in the South Bend-Elkhart region by building career pathways, providing technical skills training, fostering employer-talent connections, recruiting, organizing coding events and encouraging community engagement.
Ivy Tech
Ivy Tech, Indiana’s community college, empowers students to achieve their career and transfer aspirations. The largest public postsecondary institution in the state, Ivy Tech embraces a vision of economic transformation inspired by the education and earnings attainment of Indiana’s citizens, the vitality of its workforce and the prosperity of its unique and diverse communities. Ivy Tech trains Hoosiers for the careers that will grow the state’s future economy.
Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. It tackles math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics and more. Khan Academy’s math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. Millions of students from all over the world learn at their own pace on Khan Academy every single day.
La Casa de Amistad
La Casa de Amistad’s mission is to empower the Latino/Hispanic community within Michiana by providing educational, cultural and advocacy services in a welcoming, bilingual environment. La Casa was founded in 1973 as a youth outreach program. It continues to focus on offering opportunities for Latino youth to help them succeed in today’s society, while also providing services for adults, immigrants, seasonal workers and local families.
LRNG
LRNG, the community impact arm of Southern New Hampshire University, offers a highly engaging, digital-first technology platform that enables young people to access learning opportunities from their computer, smartphone or tablet. On LRNG, youth pursue their interests with mentors and peers wherever they are and whenever they want, building new skills, understandings and habits that they can apply in academic and career settings.
Penn Foster
Penn Foster’s mission is to enhance the lives of its students “through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and credentials that can help them work toward their goals of advancing in their chosen field, starting a new career or pursuing lifelong learning.” Founded in 1890, Penn Foster has enrolled more than 13 million students since its establishment. Today, as an online institution, Penn Foster offers more than 100 accredited degree, diploma and certificate programs across three schools: Penn Foster College, Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School.
Purdue Extension
Purdue Extension brings information to people of all ages in St. Joseph County and helps them to strengthen families, spend smart, eat right and live well. It offers classes in family resource management, human development, health and wellness, and food and nutrition. Purdue Extension is a member of the Cooperative Extension Service, one of the nation’s largest providers of scientific, research-based information and education.
Sokanu
Sokanu’s platform, CareerExplorer, helps people find their ideal career in two ways: through a career test—a prediction engine that uses the latest innovations in psychometrics and machine learning—and through more than 800 career profiles, which contain thousands of pieces of unique content aimed at helping students and working adults alike understand and enter careers. CareerExplorer’s ultimate goal is help individuals find a meaningful way to contribute to the world so that they can achieve a sense of fulfillment and belonging.
South Bend Code School
When you walk into South Bend Code School classrooms, students are learning real-world skills. South Bend Code School introduces young minds to the fundamentals of computer programming, basics of computer science, creative thinking and problem solving. Young people, ages seven to 18, learn the power of coding by programming their own games, projects and websites.
South Bend Venues Parks & Arts
South Bend Venues Parks & Arts offers programs and events to meet a wide range of interests. Its mission is to inspire “a more livable South Bend for all, connecting us to emotionally engaging experiences and to one another.” Among VPA’s many activities is an entry-level, youth employment program designed to teach work and life skills.
Study.com
Through short online videos, Study.com helps students master a wide range of subjects and achieve their educational goals. More than 30 million students a month learn on the Study.com platform. Some use Study.com to help them prepare for tests and exams. Others use it to gain credits that are transferable to more than 2,000 colleges and universities. And others use it to sharpen their work skills—or simply learn something new.
About collections
What is a Career Collection?
Career Collections are sets of learning resources aimed at preparing you for some of the most in-demand jobs in South Bend. You’ll receive credit in the form of digital badges for the hard work you put into completing the courses in Career Collections. And each Career Collection is put together in partnership with a major local employer or industry group, giving those who’ve earned Career Collection badges an extra edge as they look to get hired or promoted.
What is a Community Collection?
Community Collections are playlists of learning resources (classes, TED Talks, podcasts, books, etc.) organized around a particular subject—and curated by South Bend residents. You’ll find out what the community knows on a wide range of topics: buying your first house in South Bend, making low-budget films, starting a small business and much more. Browse through to get inspired, and if you know an expert in town who you think would put together a great Community Collection, nominate them here.
About Live + Learn
People and organizations all over South Bend are using Bendable in all sorts of ways. Find their stories by clicking here.