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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.

NOTE: Covid-19

Please note that the virtual reality equipment is currently unavailable due to the ongoing pandemic.

How to book VR & AR

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality equipment is available for booking at McLennan Library (HSSL). This service is available for free to current students and faculty.

To book:

  1. Check availability for VR and AR via McGill's booking service. Booking is required at least 24 hours in advance (not including weekends).
  2. Select the time and date you'd like to reserve with the equipment. You will receive a confirmation to your McGill email.
  3. Check in with the staff member in the Research Commons (RM-22A, in Research Commons Room B) at the predetermined time. Equipment must be signed out from the Service Counter in the McLennan Library. Please arrive within 15 minutes of the reservation start time or it will be canceled.
    • Before using VR/AR for the first time, you will have to sign a waiver. Staff will provide the waiver and brief instructions when you arrive.

Available equipment

VR & AR in the real world

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality can be used for various forms of simulations and entertainment. Here are just a few examples of practical/educational uses:
  • Archaeology:  Walk around 3D visualizations or reconstructions of archaeological sites.
  • Architecture: Build 1:1 models of rooms or buildings and interact with them.
  • Art: Visit museums, view artwork from different angles or up close, or create original art.
  • Engineering: View designs in 3D and gain a better understanding of how they work.
  • Journalism: Immerse in the stories being told.
  • Medicine: Practice surgeries or other procedures, visualize anatomy up close and in 3D.
  • Psychiatry: Run simulations to help reduce anxiety.
  • Travel: Visit ocean depths or outer space.
  • Other: Data visualization.

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