The Clinton Public Library is now offering Virtual Reality services at its main branch in support of our mission to provide our patrons with access to new technologies.
Thanks to the Microsoft Limitless Libraries Grant, the library was 1 of 20 libraries in the country to be awarded two Windows Mixed Reality Headsets, Controller sets, and laptops which are available for patrons ages 12 and older to use on the Teen Loft or Children’s Floor. All participants must sign a waiver before using the equipment. Patrons 12-14 must provide a legal guardian’s signature in order to participate. Waiver forms are available at either of the check-out desks in the library.
What is Virtual Reality?
Virtual Reality (VR) uses a computer, headset, and sensors to immerse you directly into a three-dimensional, computer-generated world. Your head, hands, and body movements are tracked to let you interact with what you see via the headset.
When and where can I use the VR equipment?
The VR headsets are available in two locations at the main branch of the public library: in the Teen Loft and upstairs in the lobby of the Children’s Department. Patrons can sign up for 15-minute sessions. Please ask staff for assistance.
Teen Loft VR Hours: Wednesdays from 2:30 – 4:30 & Saturdays 11- 1
Children’s Department VR Hours: Monday-Thursday 2-8; Friday 9-5; Saturday 10:30-1:30
What will I be able to do with VR at the library?
Explore: Experience the world like never before! Visit far off places like Machu Pichu or Rome without ever leaving the library.
Learn: Dissect a frog, travel through space, and more!
Create: Make a work of art or an animated film in VR.
Play: Experience gaming in a VR environment.
What else should I know?
Participants must be a minimum of 12 years old to use our VR headsets. Minors between the ages of 12-14 must have a guardian signature in order to use this equipment. Users are limited to 15 minutes per session.
Due to the unpredictable nature of the human response to virtual reality (dizziness, nausea, seizures, fear of heights, bumping into objects, etc.), we require all participants to sign a waiver form releasing the Clinton Public Library from any liability regarding your (or your child/dependent/minor's) use of the Library’s VR equipment.
VR at the library made possible by:
Our Windows Mixed Reality Headsets at the Library are made possible through the Microsoft Limitless Libraries Grant which brought VR technology to 20 libraries across the United States.
Equitable access to new technologies helps people to acquire new skills, make informed decisions, and explore new possibilities.