Virtual Reality (VR) has come to the North Olympic Library System. This spring, adults and teens 13 and older can try out immersive and interactive video experiences using Oculus Rift and Go headsets at their local library.
Examples of the 360-degree headset experiences include movie shorts “Mars Odyssey,” “Dinosaurs,” “The Body,” “America’s National Parks,” “Ocean Rift,” “Apollo 11,” “Everest,” “Chernobyl” and more. VR experiences will be about 15-20 minutes per user and are on a first come, first served basis with a waiting list if needed.
VR sessions will be held at all NOLS locations. Sessions are currently scheduled for:
Sequim Library: 2-4 p.m. Thursdays, May 9 and May 23; 2-4 p.m. Saturdays, June 1 and June 8.
Port Angeles Main Library: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 18; 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays, May 29, June 5 and June 12.
Forks Library: 3-5 p.m. Monday, May 13.
VR programming is part of a partnership with the Washington State Library, Oculus and the University of Washington Information School, to bring educational opportunities to library communities around the state. Additional funding for this program comes from the Friends of the Library groups.
Using VR has potential safety concerns; participants must be 13 years or older (no exceptions). Adult participants must sign a release waiver and participants ages 13-17 must have a parent-signed release waiver. Waiver forms are available to pick up in advance at the library.