Technology Lending Library

Teachers and youth organization leaders are welcome to check out technology sets to use in the classroom or at afterschool programs for free!  Check them out for a month with your library card.  Checkout and returns at Madelyn Helling Library or Truckee Library.

To reserve, contact Teri Alton at 530-265-1538 or (Western Nevada County) or Mellisa Hannum at 530-582-7846 or (Truckee).

Where can we learn more about using the sets?

View the sets below.  Details for each kit is located in the library catalog.  To see educational resources for each of the sets, visit  All of the sets come with a user manual, and many come with a book about how to use them.

How long can we keep the sets and can we reserve them in advance?

The sets are available to check out for a month.  You can reserve them in advance by calling us at the number below.  If they are available for checkout on your requested dates, you can pick them up at the Madelyn Helling Library or Truckee Library on your check out date.  They must be returned to the library where they were checked out and physically handed in to a library staff member at the circulation desk.  You can check out up to two sets at a time unless you receive special permission.

What if a student loses or breaks something?

We will be charging for lost charging cords, boxes, cases, and other smaller items.  However, at this time, we do not plan to charge for broken technology.  Sets should not be taken home by students and must stay with the teacher or organization during the checkout period.

Other Information

  • Technology cannot be used in a context where participants are paying to engage with the technology (i.e. paid classes or camps).  
  • You can check out up to two sets at a time unless you receive special permissions. 
  • Homeschool parents and other groups may check out the sets, but the sets cannot be broken up. 
  • Funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant, administered by the California State Library.

Sets Include (sets cannot be broken up):

Kibo Classroom Kit

Kibo Classroom Set

For 10-24 Students. A screen-free coding experience for ages 4-7.  Use blocks to sequence, and then scan them with the robot to see it go!

Classroom idea: Read a myth, create a map and cardboard characters, and program Kibo to recreate the story.

LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 Set

LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Core Set

For 2-4 students.

Enables students to build, program, and test their solutions based on real-life robotics technology.

Classroom idea: Build a robot that solves a real-life problem.

Snowflake Microphone

Snowflake Microphones

Kit of 4 microphones and USB cords.  Easy to use and very portable: just plug the microphone into a USB port and get great sound.

Classroom Idea: Create podcasts or voiceovers for videos.

K'Nex Builder Sets

KNex Education Group Set

Sets of blocks and connectors.131 K'NEX pieces, and print building instructions.  Grades 2-6.  Create tactile 3 dimensional forms using a variety of attachments.

Sphero Education Power Pack

Sphero Education Power Pack

12 Spheros in a rolling charger case. Programmable rolling robots that you control through an app.

Classroom Idea: Build a maze and program the Sphero to run it, or dip the Spheros in paint and create abstract art.  Discuss Jackson Pollack and other Abstract Expressionists.

LittleBits Workshop Set

Little Bits Workshop Set

Kits for up to 16 students. Easy-to-use electronic building blocks for creating inventions.  Electronic building blocks are color-coded, magnetic, and reusable.  For ages 8 and up.

Classroom Idea: Invent a throwing arm.

Dash and Dot

Dash and Dot Set

Set of  3 Dash, 3 Dot robots and technology for 18 students. Dash and Dot are robots that can sense, act and think!  Students use block coding on four different iPad apps to control their robots.

Classroom Idea: Engineering and math challenge-as you solve problems, move your robot through a course.

Wacom Tablets

Wacom Intuos Tablet

Sets of 10 Tablets and pens.  Draw, paint, and edit with an easy to use pen tablet that you connect to your computer with USB.

Classroom Idea: Improve your digital art lessons.

K'Nex Maker Kit

KNex Maker Kit - Simple Machines

For ages 8 and over.  Instructions for building simple machines that use pulleys or levers including: seesaw, balance, wheelbarrow, hockey stick,etc.  Instruction booklet included. 597 pieces.

LEGO Simple Machines

Lego Simple Machines Set

"This set contains a brick assortment and building instructions. It includes gears, levers, pulleys, wheels and axles, as well as a plastic punch-out sheet with eyes, sails, scales and wings.Use this set with the accompanying curriculum pack to conduct lessons, extension activities, and problem-solving tasks.The support materials provided in this curriculum pack include teacher guidance and student worksheets"--LEGO website. Ages 8+

Makey Makey

Makey Makey

Set of 12 or 5 Makey Makeys

The Makey Makey allows you to take everyday objects and combine them with the internet to create fun inventions.

Classroom Ideas: Program a game in Scratch (a free online coding program), and then have a game controller creation contest, using fun materials to create circuits!

Arduino Starter Kit

Arduino Starter Kits

Set of TBD Starter Packs.  An open-source electronics prototyping platform-a mini-computer with sensors.

Classroom Idea: Create web-based games to learn programming, or a Fidget Spinner RPM Counter.

Google Expedition Kit

Google Expedition Kit

10 Virtual Reality Headsets and a teacher device in a case.

Classroom Idea:Visit a place or ecosystem you're learning about, or visit space and other impossible to visit places to get a virtual "hands-on" experience.

HP Chromebook 11

HP Chromebook 11

2 packs of 10 are available for checkout.


iPad Mini 4

2 packs of 10 are available for checkout. 



Learn to code using a tiny programmable robot.

This project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.