Located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, the Library sits at the centre of the Ryerson University campus. As a central academic and research hub, the Library is dedicated to providing the Ryerson community with a breadth of innovative resources, technologies, and programs. In 2020, it set out to expand its robust collection of digital and virtual resources.
The Library wanted to add an immersive space that could be used for existing
and new classes, and for faculty and students research projects related to
collaborative virtual reality (VR) experiences. The Library also wanted to use
the studio to support advancements in digital humanities, health sciences,
psychology, architecture and theatre studies research, while providing
opportunities for faculty and instructors to create engaging immersive
experiences and course content.
The Library team was aware of Igloo Vision’s tech, since we’d hired out a cylinder for a student orientation day in the past to the university. To get more of a feel for just how it could apply Shared VR across the curriculum, it spoke to our good friends at Michigan State University - before taking the plunge and enlisting us to install a 6-metre Shared VR cylinder.
Equipped with our flexible content-agnostic Igloo Immersive Media Player, the system is the perfect solution to meet the Library’s needs, and for collaborative
projects with members of the university community.
The project presented some quirks that we were able to overcome with some
creative thinking. For example, there was limited ceiling space in the spot
intended for the cylinder. So, we used windable truss-legs to build the cylinder
frame low, and then wound it up to the correct height.
Ryerson University Library is now the first Canadian academic library to have implemented our technology and has been experimenting with creating its own content in Unity, and putting it into Shared VR with our Igloo Realtime plug-in.
We’re looking forward to how Ryerson Library makes the most of its new space when restrictions can ease post-Covid.