Virtual Reality Services

The J Willard Marriott Library offers a wide range of support and services for virtual, augmented, and extended reality.

Photograph of VR workshop

Virtual reality (VR) is an immersive simulation experience. Augmented reality(AR) overlays virtual objects in a real-world setting (passthrough visuals in headset or phone). Extended reality (XR) is the combination of virtual, augmented, and real-world simulations where X is a variable. 

Example of VR experience

AltspaceVR is an example of a fully immersive VR experience. The user wears a head-mounted display (HMD) and experiences connectivity in through virtual avatars.Image from VR environment showing immersed user experience

Example of AR experience

Froggipedia is a great example of an AR application. Using an AR capable device (iPad, iPhone), the user views a dissection simulation overlaid with real-world. 

image of AR application Froggpedia image of AR app Froggopedia

Example of XR experience


image of an example of extended reality

SolidWorks is an example of an XR-ready application. The professional CAD software allows users to design and manipulate models in reality (2D), VR, AR, and XR. 

Virtual reality services are available for students, staff, and faculty, as well as university partners. VR/AR equipment is available for checkout (see available list), walk-up use, and in our dedicated classrooms (MLIB 1008-1009). (see webpage for equipment and classroom availability).