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DSC Equipment

DSC equipment checkout is unavailable while the Library is closed. To view online support services for Digital Scholarship during the Spring 2020 Quarter, visit our modified home page.

Equipment Retired

This equipment has been retired from our checkout pool and replaced with Oculus Quest kits.  A webpage and guides are forthcoming. 

View Oculus Quest availability here.

Samsung Gear VRSamsung Gear VR

Checkout Length :  72 hour return Hours

Quantity :    Check Availability

Pickup : Media Desk in the David Kirk DSC      


Checkout Policies   |    Request Extended Booking    |    DSC Guide  |  User Guide


This equipment is bundled with the Gear 360 Camera.

Installed VR Apps

Want to use the VR headsets for a class?  We currently offer the following apps for you to use!  Contact us if there's something specific you want!  

Atlas Obscura ➚: Tour the Temples of Damanhur, the Salt Mines of Salina Turda, or the Winchester House.
Jurassic World ➚:  Meet an apatosaurs.
Looking Glass VR ➚: View 19th century sterescopic 3d images.
Meeting Rembrandt ➚: Visit Rembrandt's studio and glimpse his life.
The Body VR ➚: Take a tour through a human cell.
The Missed Space Flight ➚: Fly into space in the seat of a polish cosmonaut.
Within ➚: View one of many 360 documentaries.

Parts List

Please note: We cannot guarantee the batteries for the controller or the Samsung phone will be charged when you check it out.  A charging cable is included in the kit. AAA batteries can be replaced by Media Desk staff if needed.

Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR Remote

Samsung Gear VR Remote

Samsung Galaxy S8 Phone

Samsung Galaxy S8 Phone

Micro USB Cable

Micro USB Cable

Charging Plug

Charging Plug



User Manual

User Manual

How to pack this case

GearVR Packed

72 Hour Checkout Policy

This equipment is available to campus affiliates (students, staff, and faculty).  

Checkout Period:
72 hours
Request an extended booking ➚

This equipment is renewable as long as there is no existing reservation.  To renew the equipment, you must bring it in person to the Media Desk in the DSC.

The equipment is located at the Media Desk in the David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons on the ground floor of McHenry Library.  

We cannot guarantee that any associated batteries will be charged.  Dead AA and AAA batteries can be replaced by staff at the Media Desk upon request.  

External Media:
Back up and delete your data from any removable SD cards prior to returning the equipment.  In the event that you don't save your data before the equipment is returned, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to recover it at a later date.

You can reserve any of our equipment in advance through our extended booking form. Extended bookings are limited to 2 weeks during the Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters or 2 months during the Summer Quarter.

Please be advised that the UCSC Library Reserves Policies ➚, including late fees, apply to our hardware checkouts.

Overdue Fees

Reserve overdue fines are:

  • $2 for every hour, or partial hour overdue.
  • $75 maximum per item, unless the item is not returned.

More information about reserve overdue fines: 

  • If a reserve item is not returned, the patron will be charged for the cost of replacement and will also incur a nonrefundable $20 billing fee. 
  • Reserve items have a 15-minute grace period, during which time no overdue fines will accrue.
  • Overdue fines for reserve items continue to accrue when the library is closed.
  • Overdue fines can be paid through MyUCSC or in person at the Cashier's Office.

If you have a question or concern about a reserves overdue fine, or if you would like to appeal a reserves overdue fine, please fill out a Billing Appeal Form