A small project team in the University Libraries has been investigating Virtual Reality (VR) and its application to academic libraries. We have now made three VR experiences available on our YouTube channel. The first 2 give a 3D experience of our Barr Smith Library Reading Room. The third video is a virtual 3D tour of the surrounds of the Barr Smith Library, taking the viewer to a number of locations around the outside of the building and up to the entrance.
The 360 degree videos can be viewed in a browser, or using the YouTube for Android app, with the 3D experience and head tracking enabled when viewed with a virtual reality headset.
We’d like to thank the University’s Technology Services and Marketing & Communications branches for their support in creating these videos.
The project is continuing with a second phase to explore the creation of a virtual ‘information search’ environment. Stay tuned for further information! You can also read more about the project on our initial blog post or on our project website.