Virtual Reality

What is Virtual Reality?

Most of us will probably never go to Mars, swim with dolphins, or have a gunfight at the OK Corral, but with virtual reality (VR) it’s possible to do all these things and more, without even leaving your home. Unlike “real” reality (the actual world in which we live), virtual reality means simulating bits of our world (or completely imaginary worlds) using high-performance computers and sensory equipment, like headsets and gloves. Apart from games and entertainment, it’s used for training airline pilots, surgeons, and for assisting scientists in solving complex problems. Take a look at the short video below to get a better understanding.

What equipment is available at MCL

The library has two VR devices: the Oculus Rift and the Oculus Go.

Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality system that completely immerses you inside virtual worlds. Complete with touch controllers and two sensors. It is tethered to a high performance computer for the ultimate VR experience. The video below will give you a taste of what the Rift can do.

Oculus Go

Oculus Go is the easiest way to jump into virtual reality. An all-in-one VR headset that’s portable, comfortable, and easy to use. Just put it on, switch it on, and watch a movie on a 30-foot screen, catch a concert from the first row, play a game, or hang out with friends. Have a look below.

Want to experience the Oculus Rift?

The library offers VR experience opportunities with the Rift throughout the year in MetaSpace 511. You can sign-up for a 30 minute slot and a staff member will get you set up. Check our online calendar for upcoming dates.

Take the Oculus Go home with you!

The library has an Oculus Go that you can check out! The loan period is 7 days. There are no holds or renewals permitted. Check our online catalog to see if it is available, or drop by the library.