The Folsom Public Library has a Virtual Reality (VR) program which started in January of 2018. This program is funded largely through grants from the California State Library. Download a flyer for the program.
Hours: The Virtual Reality Lab is open on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from Noon to 4PM. It is located in the Library Meeting Room. Sign-up for a time slot to experience the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive (sign-ups begin at noon), or just drop in and try out the Google Cardboard or Oculus Go.
Folsom VR and AR Meetup: The library is partnered with the Folsom AR_VR Meetup for individuals that are enthusiasts or developers. Find them at https://www.meetup.com/Folsom-VR_AR-Meetup/.
Virtual Reality is an emerging technology that allows you to experience real or imaginary worlds in an immersive way. This means that it has a lot of applications for education and entertainment. Imagine being able to visit the art museums of Europe, microscopic cell structures, or the International Space Station all without leaving the library.
Experiences: Some of the VR and AR technologies have age restrictions limiting them to 13 years or older. All of the VR applications we select for the lab are appropriate for family viewing. Some examples are:
The 3D Printing Lab is open on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. The VR lab is open on the 2nd and 4th Sundays.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are there age restrictions? Yes, youths under 13 years of age are not allowed to use the Oculus Rift. They may use the HTC Vive, but must have parent permission.
Will I get motion sick? It is possible, but unlikely. If you do start to feel motion sick, then you can remove the headset and the feeling goes away. Do not continue using VR if you feel yourself getting motion sickness.
How long are the time slots? 15 minutes is our standard time slot.
Will you be having programs on other days? Occasionally we may have programs on other days. These will typically be for special events like the Summer Reading kickoff party or International Games Day or workshops.
Will you be teaching people how to use 360 Cameras and 3D scanners? Yes we hope to host special workshops for people to learn how to use these technologies to create VR experiences and 3D printable objects. We are also partnered with a VR and AR Meetup for enthusiasts and developers (https://www.meetup.com/Folsom-VR_AR-Meetup/) that facilitates informal peer-to-peer learning.