Borrow a micro:bit from your library

Our library service is helping to inspire the next generation of computer programmers, with free-to-borrow micro:bits.

More than 100 BBC micro:bits have been donated by the Micro:bit Educational Foundation and will be available at libraries across the city from Thursday 7 December.

Starter kits, which can be borrowed for up to three weeks, contain a micro:bit, a mini-USB cable and a battery pack, along with instructions to get you started.

The micro:bit is easy to pick up and use and can be programmed using a variety of free coding websites on a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet. Although it’s small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, it has a screen and sensors and can be used for all sorts of creations, from robots to musical instruments. The possibilities are endless.

Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “Our libraries already run several coding and digital making sessions for children. By loaning out the micro:bit the creativity can continue at home. It’s widely recognised that coding and digital skills will be important for many careers in the future and we’re pleased to be launching this exciting initiative.”

To find out more about what the micro:bit can do drop into the Hello World session at the Central Library from 4pm to 5.30pm on Thursday 7 December.