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Virtual Reality at HSLS


Falk Library is pleased to provide a new way to connect our Pitt health sciences community with simulations and applications utilizing cutting-edge VR technology. Available programs include study aids for health sciences students, along with simpler scenarios for those who are interested in trying out virtual reality.

Available VR Systems

HSLS is proud to offer a variety of virtual reality systems that provide a range of experiences for both new and experienced users of VR equipment. 

Meta Quest

Meta Quest is a standalone system that does not require a connection to a gaming PC. If you've never tried VR before, Meta Quest is a great place to start, as it is a user-friendly system with a low learning curve. If you have tried VR before, you'll still want to check out the Meta Quest. Its enhanced graphics and haptics give a seamless playing experience that is rare to find in VR systems.

The library has three Meta Quest headsets featuring a variety of medical education apps, as well as other introductory immersive experiences and games. For a full list of available apps, see the Meta Quest Apps page.

Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft's HoloLens is an advanced virtual reality headset designed specifically for applications in business, industry, and healthcare. The HoloLens is a standalone system that is not used in conjunction with a gaming PC. In the HoloLens environment, there are no gaming controllers; instead, you interact directly with 3D holograms through voice, touch, and hand gestures. When using the HoloLens, players can always see both their environmental surroundings and virtual images, which makes this an ideal system for those new to virtual worlds. 

The library currently has one HoloLens headset available for borrowing featuring a variety of medical education apps, with more on the way. For a full list of available apps, see the Microsoft HoloLens Apps page.

Reservation Information & Policies

Using HSLS VR Headsets

HSLS's virtual reality equipment must be reserved in advance and is subject to availability. To set up an appointment, please contact HSLS Technology Services.

Each headset comes with a detailed user guide for self-guided play. If you would prefer a one-on-one instructional experience instead of self-guided learning, please contact HSLS Technology Services to schedule a consultation.

VR Use Policies

  • A valid Pitt ID is required to borrow the virtual reality equipment (gold cards excluded).
  • All VR systems are to be used in a designated space within the library.
  • Patrons are responsible for the condition and full return of borrowed equipment. Equipment that is not returned, stolen, or damaged will be subject to item replacement fees.
  • Clean the equipment with the provided wipes before and after each use.
  • Read all tutorials and documentation before using the virtual reality equipment.

Using the Equipment Safely and Comfortably

​To ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience, there's a few things you should remember:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings before starting and while using the equipment. Only use the equipment in the library's designated VR area. Use caution to avoid injury.
  • Take breaks often, especially if you are a new user. We recommend a 10-15 minute break for every 30 minutes of gameplay.
  • Some people may experience discomfort such as nausea, motion sickness, dizziness, disorientation, headache, fatigue, or eye strain, particularly as they adjust to using the equipment.
  • To reduce the risk of discomfort, adjust the headset straps and lens position as needed to create a single, clear image.
  • If you experience discomfort, stop using the device and rest until you feel better.
  • This equipment may emit radio waves that could affect the operation of nearby electronic medical devices. If you have an implanted medical device, consult your doctor before using this equipment.
  • Clean the equipment with the provided wipes before and after each use.

Additional information is available through the Meta Safety Center and Microsoft's Safety Warnings.

More Information

Contact HSLS Technology Services to request more information about VR at HSLS, ask questions, or suggest a software title to purchase.