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November 19, 2018
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Virtual Reality

​What is VR?

According to industry professionals, Virtual Reality systems make it possible to experience nearly anything, anywhere, anytime through immersive technology that can convince the human brain it is somewhere it is really not. Users wear head-mounted displays that immerse them into a fully interactive, virtual world. Using state-of-the-art digital software applications, users can participate in virtual activities that range in scope from gaming, to artistic pursuits, to cultural experiences.

VR Systems at HHPL

The Halton Hills Public Library has implemented three different access points to Virtual Reality, all designed to accommodate on- and off-site programming and outreach opportunities:

  • HTC Vive room-scale Virtual Reality system 
  • Bluetooth-enabled mobile Virtual Reality headsets with smartphones
  • Playstation 4 Virtual Reality gaming system

How to Access VR

HHPL staff has been showcasing the Virtual Reality equipment through in-house library programs, and participation in local community events. HHPL will host scheduled programming timeslots each week at the Georgetown and Acton branches for all members of the Town of Halton Hills community to participate, free of charge.

Bookable Sessions: 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. You can book a 45 minute session where you and a group of up to 6 people can play different games together. We’ll have plenty of different games for you to explore! Maximum of 6 people are able to book . Any one aged 10 and up is welcome to play; children aged 10-12 will need a signed permission form from a parent or guardian. For available dates and times, please visit the following link to Register.

Drop In Sessions: 

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Drop in at the Georgetown branch on a Saturday morning between 10:00am - 12:00pm throughout the summer to give VR a try in a quick 15 minute session. Anyone aged 10 and up is welcome to play; children aged 10-12 will need a signed permission form from a parent or guardian. For additional details and full list of dates, please visit the Library Catalogue.


VR Safety Procautions

Please consult your doctor before using this product if you have the following medical conditions:
  • Heart Ailment
  • Psychiatric Conditions, Including Anxiety Disorders or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Pregnancy
  • Epilepsy or Seizures
  • Inner Ear or Balance Conditions
Please do not use this product if you are:
  • Under the Age of 12
  • Sick
  • Fatigued
  • Under the Influence of Intoxicants/Drugs
  • Not Feeling Generally Well

To Learn More

Contact: Jodie Mandarino, Youth Services Librarian
Phone: 905-873-2681, ext. 2501