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Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

This guide provides an introduction to the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality services provided by McGill Library, as well as other resources to help explore the technology.

About Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard is a handheld VR headset designed to be used with smartphones.

  • Accommodates up to Nexus 6 and iPhone 6 Plus-sized units
    • 6.22 inches (15.8cm) x 3.06 inches (7.78 cm) x 0.28 inch (0.7 cm)
  • Works on both Android and iPhones
  • Silicone flap prevents phone from slipping out
  • 34 mm biconvex lenses

How to use

Six Google Cardboard headsets are available to borrow from Humanities and Social Sciences Library – Check availability here.

Recommended Resources

Make sure there is enough available space on your phone to download these apps!


Google Cardboard - The Cardboard app is a great place to start; It helps you launch VR experiences, discover new apps, and set up a viewer. Includes demos. Click here for some of Google's app recommendations.
Android - iPhone

YouTube - Simulate VR with 360 videos.
Android - iPhone

Google Arts & Culture - A collaboration with over 1,200 international museums, galleries, and institutions from 70 countries to make their exhibits available for everyone online. Discover collections curated by experts from the most famous museums.
Android - iPhone

Google Street View - Explore world landmarks, discover natural wonders, and step inside locations such as museums, arenas, restaurants, and small businesses.
Android - iPhone

VR Museum of Stolen Art - A virtual space for art that has been stolen or looted, lost to greed or conflict. It is an Cardboard experience where one can enjoy artwork that is otherwise hidden. Dedicated to engaging the public in culturally significant items that are in danger and aim to assist in the recovery of stolen art.
Android - iPhone

New York Times - Stand alongside Iraqi forces during a battle with ISIS. Walk on a planet three billion miles from the sun. Join NY Times journalists at the center of it all.
Android - iPhone

Titans of Space - A short guided tour of our planets and a few stars.

Expeditions - Google Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that lets you lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world — get up close with historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, even visit outer space!
Android - iPhone

Within - From gripping tales set in worlds of pure imagination to documentaries taking you further inside the news than ever before, WITHIN brings together immersive video in a variety of genres.
Android - iPhone

In Mind - InMind allows the player to experience the journey into the patient's brains in search of the neurons that cause mental disorder. Submerge into the microworld and experience the miracles of the human mind.
Android - iPhone

Discovery VR - Exclusive content from shows like Shark Week, Deadliest Catch and MythBusters. Rescue rhinos, swim with elephants and bask in the beauty of majestic tigers. From Samurai sword fights in Japan to dancing in the pubs of Dublin, come with us to explore the globe.
Android - iPhone

Startracker VR - A mobile planetarium in VR, designed for astronomy fans to explore the universe.

Virtual public speaking - Practice communication skills including public speaking, answering interview questions, sales, networking, presentations and language learning. Train in immersive virtual reality environments.


These are only a small number of many available apps compatible with Google Cardboard. Try searching the App or Play stores for more!


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