Getting up and running with virtual reality: Space and technology considerations

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The University of North Florida (UNF) Carpenter Library opened its Virtual Learning Center (VLC) in March 2021. The primary purpose of VLC is to enhance student learning and support faculty instruction using virtual reality (VR). It took 19 months to renovate existing library space, select and set up the VR hardware, and collaborate with the university’s Information Technology Services (ITS) department during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The process of preparing the physical space may appear to be as simple as buying and configuring the computers and VR hardware; however, it does not illustrate the complete picture. This article discusses the choices we made for our implementation with a focus on renovation, equipment selection, setup, and initial operations. Other recent articles address broader concerns.