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Digital Scholarship Commons

VR in the VizLab

The DSC is excited to offer students and faculty a free way to use Virtual Reality on campus and at home! On campus the VizLab in McHenry 0349 can be reserved for VR with an HTC VIVE. The room has a high end PC compatible with Virtual Reality enabling access to cutting edge VR for everyone!  Additionally, the DSC offers check outs of a take home VIVE headset, Gear VR, and Google Cardboard!

Reserve the VizLab

The VIVE Pro VR kit can be checked out at the Media Desk in the DSC.

About the VizLab

VizLab with person using VR.

The VizLab (located in McHenry Library, Room 0349) provides access to high-end VR equipment in order to facilitate student engagement in new digital media. We invite the entire campus community to experiment with these exciting new tools. Develop virtual or augmented reality content, interact with imagined worlds, and promote cultural and historical sustainability.

  • HTC VIVE virtual reality headset available with room reservation
  • The space is reservable for class sessions, workshops, and project development or meetings.
  • Students are able to check out equipment for creating visual content including 360 cameras, GoPros, DSLR cameras, video cameras, and other media capture devices.

VR Equipment

HTC VIVE headset

HTC Vive                                            HTC Vive Pro


Checking Out Equipment

To check out equipment first view it's availability online then check it out at the Media Desk on the ground floor of McHenry. To view an item's availability, click on the equipment above that you wish to check out and click check availability. There will be information about how long hardware is able to be checked out as well as its availability in green text. If you wish to check out hardware for an extended period of time fill out our request form.

​Note: If hardware is returned late, fees will be applied by the hour at the rate of $2 per hour / partial hour.

VIVE Games and Apps

Interested in using this space for a class? We currently offer the following apps for you to use:

Campus Partnerships

Funding and consultation to support the DSC's visualization infrastructure was provided by the IDEA Hub and CITRIS and the Banatao Institute