Virtual Reality Lab

Escape reality at the After Dark activities during Fall Welcome. Stop by and see us at the Student Recreation Center on Sunday, August 26, from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. and experience virtual reality for yourself.

Typically associated with gaming, virtual reality (VR) also offers significant potential in the areas of teaching, learning and research. The VR Lab at Western Michigan University provides a space for you to explore this revolutionary technology.

If you are a WMU student, you can use the Lab to experience both the entertainment and educational side of VR content. If you are a faculty member, the Lab is here to help you learn about the technology and how to integrate VR content into your classes and research. 

Workshops and online tutorials are available for you to discover the power of virtual reality and even start making your own VR content.

The VR Lab is a collaboration between the University Libraries and Office of Information Technology. To learn more about virtual reality and other campus VR-related initiatives, please visit


Person using virtual reality equipment in the lab while another person watches.

The VR Lab consists of seven workstations. These workstations feature high-end PCs with Oculus Rift headsets and Oculus Touch hand controllers. Numerous titles are installed to highlight some of the technology’s potential.

Software and other learning materials are available to make your own VR content. You may also bring your own content developed elsewhere to test in the Lab.


The VR Lab is available on a first-come, first-served basis during open hours. The Lab can be reserved for educational usage by contacting Kevin Abbott.

Consultation and assistance with VR-related projects is also available by contacting Kevin Abbott.


Dwight B. Waldo Library, Lower Level, Room 0135
Directions and parking


Summer I and II Sessions Hours (May 8 - August 19, 2018)

Tuesdays:  2 to 5 p.m.
Thursdays: 7 to 10 p.m.

Break Between Summer II Session and Fall Semester Hours (August 20-28, 2018)

Monday through Sunday, August 20-26: Closed
Monday, August 27 (Welcome to Waldo event): 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 28: Closed

Fall Semester Hours (August 29 - December 16, 2018)

Afternoons: Monday through Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m.
Late nights: Sunday through Thursday, 9 p.m. to midnight
Tournament nights: Fridays, 5 to 8 p.m. (starting Friday, September 7)

The VR Lab will be closed on Sunday, September 2, and Monday, September 3, for Labor Day.



Dead and Buried
DiRT Rally
Eagle Flight
Echo Arena
EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone
I Expect You To Die
Killing Floor: Incursion
Lone Echo
Lucky's Tale
Raw Data
Rec Room
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality
Robo Recall
Space Pirate Trainer
The Climb
The Invisible Hours
The Mage's Tale
ZR: Zombie Riot

Educational and Artistic

Google Earth VR
Mission: ISS
Oculus Medium
Oculus Quill
Wonderful You
YOU by Sharecare


Dear Angelica
Oculus First Contact

Content Creation

3ds Max 2018
Adobe Creative Cloud
Unreal Engine