Getting Started with Arduino: At the Library?

Many libraries are finding new ways to support DIY (do it yourself) culture in their communities. One of the things I'm seeing discussed is the arduino micro-controller, with some libraries providing arduino classes. I've found some resources and references, but would love to hear from you. What are you doing (or thinking about doing) related to arduino?

What's an arduino?

If you're wondering, "What's an arduino?" check out these resources from Make.

Libraries and Arduino

If you'd like to see what libraries are doing with arduino, check out some of these events I found:

We'd love to hear from anyone who has hosted an event! Leave a comment on this post and we will get in touch. We would love to share your story here on the TechSoup for Libraries site. Also, if you're thinking about offering related programming, please let us know the possibilities and the questions and challenges that you are experiencing.




Hi Brenda,

We at the Anchorage Public Library have been hosting our local Maker group for the last several months and will be hosting the Anchorage Mini Maker Faire at our Z.J. Loussac Library.

Our local Maker group, Anchorage Makerspace, has been interested in offering Arduino classes which is something we are developing now and are hoping to launch mid-July. We also host a lot of civic hacking related events.

I enjoyed the article and connections with those libraries. Thanks.

Hi Paul,

We'd love to hear more about the maker group, the maker faire, the arduino classes and the civic hacking events, too. I sent you a message via LinkedIn -- if you're interested in sharing more, can you get in touch with me that way or email me at bhough (at)

Excited to learn more.

Thank you!