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.
A getting started guide is available at microbit.org/guide/.
How do I borrow one?
- Micro:bits are available from all of our 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.
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 for children aged 9 to 13 to learn how to make cool games and animations. There are Code Clubs at
- Chelmsley Wood Library - every Monday from 4.00pm to 5.00pm during term time
- Shirley Library - every Thursday from 5.00pm to 6.00pm during term time
Places are limited so speak to a member of our library staff or call us on 0121 704 6300 to book a place or join the waiting list.