Virtual Reality is coming to the North Olympic Library System.
After a kick-off event on Wednesday, March 27, adults and teens 13 and older can experience immersive, 360-degree video interactive experiences using Oculus Rifts and Go headsets at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.
Drop by between 5-7 p.m. and see where virtual reality (VR) can take you. Examples of the headset experiences include movie shorts “First Contact,” “Dinosaurs,” “The Body,” “America’s National Parks,” “Ocean Rift,” “Apollo 11,” “Mars Odyssey, Star Chart,” “Everest,” “Chernobyl” and more.
VR experiences are about 15-20 minutes per user and are on a first-come, first-served basis with a waiting list, if needed.
Beginning in April, weekly VR sessions will be held at all NOLS locations. Those sessions are currently scheduled for:
• Port Angeles Library
Saturdays, 2-4 p.m., April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18
• Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.
Thursdays, 2-4 p.m., April 11, April 25, May 9, May 23
• Forks Branch Library, 171 Forks Ave. S.
Mondays, 3-5 p.m., April 15, April 29, May 13
• Clallam Bay Branch Library, 6990 US Highway 112
Mondays, 3-5 p.m., April 22, May 6
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 aged 13-17 must have a parent-signed release waiver. Waiver forms are available to pick up in advance at the library.