Virtual reality/augmented reality

Want to use AR or VR?

Visit our guide for instructions and tips on how to use the equipment, plus the applications to try out whether you want to use a program or start developing your own.


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Finding us

Room 22A - Redpath Library Complex (map).
3459 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C9


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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 that users can interact with? Ex: Pokemon Go

Virtual Reality

McGill has one HTC Vive and one Microsoft HoloLens available to book for use in the library. This service is available for free to current students and faculty.

To book:

  • Check availability for VR and AR via McGill's booking service. Booking is required at least 24 hours in advance (not including weekends).
  • Select the time and date you'd like to reserve with the equipment. You will receive a confirmation to your McGill email.
  • Check in with the staff member in the Research Commons (RM-22A, in Research Commons Room B) at the predetermined time. Staff will provide access to the equipment. 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.

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