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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is VR & AR?

  • Virtual Reality (VR) is a computer-generated immersive environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real way by the user using special equipment like a headset or controllers.
  • Augmented Reality (AR) overlays a digital image or environment over the existing real one.


Who can use the VR & AR?

  • Current McGill students and faculty


Where is it?

  • RM-22A, in Research Commons Room B (HSSL McLennan library). View map


How many headsets are available?

  • 1 HTC Vive
  • 6 Google Cardboard
  • 1 Oculus Rift Development Kiot


How long can I book the equipment for?

  • Maximum 3 hours per week, due to staff availability.
    • Check availability on the calendar
    • Technology is available on a first come, first served basis
    • Booking outside of the set hours will be considered, if the space is available. Email with requests


Can I borrow the VR or AR equipment?

  • No, equipment must be used in the Research Commons.


How many people can use VR or AR at a time?

  • Due to the size of the space, groups must be limited to 4.


How much does it cost?

  • Use of VR is free to current McGill students and faculty.


Can I download my own games?


Does the Research Commons provide headphones?

  • No. If you’d like to experience VR with sound, you have to bring your own wired headphones.

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David Greene
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