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Micro:bit computer

Borrow a Micro:bit from Solihull Libraries

What’s a Micro:bit?

The Micro:bit is a palm-sized computer that you can code for yourself. It has motion detection, a built-in compass, and can be powered by either a USB connection with a larger computer, laptop  or tablet, or an external battery pack.

What can I do with a Micro:bit?

You can use your BBC Micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments - the possibilities are endless.

It can be coded from any web browser in Blocks, Javascript, Python, Scratch and more; no software is needed as you can write the code online.

A getting started guide is available at microbit.org/guide/.

How do I borrow one?

  • Micro:bits are available at The Core Library, Chelmsley Wood and Shirley Libraries
  • They are lent on your Solihull library card for 2 weeks. If you’re not a member its free to join
  • Borrowers must be 8 or over to borrow a Micro:bit
  • We lend the Micro:bit, a USB lead and a battery pack along with basic instructions.
  • We do not supply batteries - if you do not use the USB lead to power the Micro:bit then 2 AAA batteries are needed.
  • Micro:bit loans can be renewed.

Reserve or borrow a Micro:bit

What other help can I get with Micro:bit projects?

Lots of people are using Micro:bits at home and in schools so there are plenty of projects you can learn from and use at home.

Some are shown at these websites:

What other help can I get to code?

Solihull Libraries run Code Clubs at

  • Chelmsley Wood Library - every Monday from 4.00pm to 5.00pm during term time
  • Shirley Library Code Club - learn how to make cool games and animations, for children aged 9 to 13, every Thursday from 5.00pm to 6.00pm during term time

Places are limited so speak to a member of the library staff or call us on 0121 704 6300 to book a place or join the waiting list.

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