Please note: The Virtual Discovery Space is currently undergoing some changes, so the information below is not accurate and the space is not currently available for virtual reality uses. Information will be updated in Fall 2023 to indicate new technology being added to the space and how to use it.

What about using Virtual Reality?

The Virtual Discovery Space is equipped with HTC Vive powered by SteamVR for an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience. 

Where is it?

The Virtual Discovery Space is a public area on the first floor of the MSU Library, across from the Service Desk to the North, near the stairs. 

How do I use it?

We have a simple instruction manual available and anadvanced, detailed instruction manual as linked here as accessible PDFs. Also, check out our introductory video tutorial

How do I reserve it?

The Virtual Discovery Space Virtual Reality is available for use by MSU faculty, staff, and students. You can reserve the Virtual Discovery Space using the online scheduling system. When not reserved, the Virtual Discovery Space is available for drop-in use. Please visit MSU Library's Service Desk to ask about drop-in use.


What VR Applications are available? 

Application Name

Brief Description

3d Organon VR Anatomy 

The world's first fully-featured virtual reality anatomy atlas. It is a multi-award winning immersive self-discovery experience into the human body. With 3D Organon you can manipulate bones, muscles, vessels, organs and other anatomical structures in an immersive 3D space.


Tells a story about love, sacrifice and a deep bond between a young girl and her mother.

Apollo 11 VR HD

An educational experience that takes you on a breathtaking trip to the Moon, virtually recreating the July 24, 1969 mission.

Beat Saber

A VR rhythm game where you slash the beats of adrenaline-pumping music as they fly towards you, surrounded by a futuristic world.

The Body VR

A journey inside a cell, this an educational virtual reality experience that takes the user inside the human body.

Buzz Aldrin: Cycling Pathways to Mars 

Journey with NASA astronaut Dr. Aldrin from his landing site on the moon to Mars as shows you first hand his plan for inhabiting the Red Planet


With this math program, manipulate vectors with your hands, explore vector addition and cross product. See and feel a double integral of a sinusoidal graph in 3D, a mobius strip and it's normal, and spherical coordinates! Create your own parametrized function and vector field

Discovery VR

From the Discovery Channel, Discovery embraces a new opportunity to tell amazing stories and explore new places, characters and ideas. 

Dreams of Dali

Explore Dali’s painting Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet’s “Angelus.” Immerse yourself in the world of the Surrealist master like never before in this encounter, venturing into the towers, peering from them to distant lands and discovering surprises around every corner. We imagine Dali himself, known in his lifetime as what we now call an “earlier adopter” of new technology, would applaud this inspiring homage to his 1935 painting.

Earthlight: spacewalk

In Earthlight: Spacewalk you play as Ana, who will be performing the seventy-sixth space walk on the International Space Station.

Google Earth VR

Explore the world from totally new perspectives. Stroll the streets of Tokyo, soar over Yosemite, or teleport across the globe.

Greenland Melting 

introduces and brings educational awareness to the effects that the warming waters of the ocean have on glaciers, specifically in Greenland. Through this experience you follow two NASA scientists who explain the process of studying why the glaciers in Greenland are melting

Guided meditation

Relaxation app where you can recharge in exotic locations across the universe

Hindenburg VR

Slightly colorized by imagination but still the detailed and genuine 3D reconstruction of largest flying machine ever built - LZ 129 Hindenburg. Immerse yourself to the virtual reality and explore the exterior and interior of the airship, read the story behind, enjoy the experience of flight and soak up the atmosphere on board.

InCell in VR

An action/racing VR game with a bit of strategy and science thrown into the mix. You'll take an exciting journey inside the highly unusual micro world of human cell and stop the virus advance. 

Job Simulator

The year is 2050.

Robots cook, clean, service, and organize the world with precision and speed. Human occupations are now memories of the past; long gone are the nine-to-five jobs that ran the old world. Humans raised in our perfect automated society must not forget their ancient ancestors and history.

This is why JobBot was born. JobBot created Job Simulator to teach humans what it is 'to job'. All praise to JobBot, for he is the keeper of human history.

Journey into the heart of evolution

Explore the tree of the living, iconic species and how they are related to each other. Also explores origin of life on earth as well as how human beings influences their own environment.


Lose yourself in a Faerie workshop full of mysterious structures, magical devices, and colorful beasts.

The Kremer Collection VR Museum

Designed by architect Johan van Lierop, Founder of Architales and developed by MOYOSA MEDIA from the Netherlands, the museum features 74 Dutch and Flemish Old Master paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. History and future of the power of art combined. Get up close and personal with the paintings, examine brushwork and colors in great detail, and listen to George & Ilone Kremer - the founders of the collection - explain what is special about each painting.

London Museum of Water and Steam

Virtual tour of the London Museum of Water & Steam museum. The application allows you to explore the museum and the functioning steam machines.

Make vr Pro

Based 3D modeling application, for free-form and precision modeling, built on a professional CAD engine with a natural and intuitive 3D Multi-Touch user interface. Every model created in MakeVR can be easily 3D printed or imported into a game engine.

Mars Odyssey

Walk the surface of Mars in your living room and interact with full-scale, realistic NASA Landers and Rovers. Learn about the Red Planet, its history, and its geography in this interactive experience.


Collaborative sculpting and painting tool that allows users to easily create 3D content.

Medical Realities Platform

An award-winning education platform for medical students, surgical trainees, surgeons, and health care professionals. Their mission is to revolutionize surgical training across the globe. Note: Requires User Registration.

Medicalholodeck Free: The Real Human Anatomy

Surgeons use it to prepare their upcoming surgeries, professors to teach human anatomy and radiology and students to study human anatomy.


Manipulate chemicals and proteins with your hands, explore chemistry and nanotechnology from a whole new perspective, collaborate with others, learn and create like never before

NASA's Exoplanet Excursion

Take a guided journey through the amazing TRAPPIST-1 star system, known to be the home of 7 Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting a star that is only a little larger than Jupiter. This experience is based on the best current scientific understanding of these worlds

The Physiology of the Eye

Teaches you about the anatomical structures and physiology of the eye. This includes our new labeling system which allows you to expand each label to find out more about the exact 3D piece you have selected


Enter a three dimensional representation of open source Java, C#, C++, and JavaScript code in the Primitive Immersive Development Environment.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

This original immersive virtual-reality project is told through the voice of Lt. James Downing, who at 103 is the second-oldest living American veteran to have witnessed that day, and is geared towards audiences of all ages.


Users can sculpt, paint and play effortlessly while turning their imagination into reality. All designs can be saved in STL or OBJ file format for easy 3D printing.


Freely navigate and explore an anatomically accurate 3D model of the human body, its organs, and their natural function


Use your Lite tool to build and explore a Sonic Light landscape. Create, move, throw, and destroy Lites to shape a dimensional sound collage in this ambient world.

The Stanford Ocean Acidification Experience

Stanford researchers have produced a virtual underwater ecosystem to allow you to observe firsthand what rocky reefs are expected to look like by the end of the century if we do not curb our CO2 emissions.

Star Chart

Explore the solar system and night sky in a beautiful and accurate real-time simulation.

SteamVR Tutorial

Explains how to use the SteamVR setup.

Tilt Brush

Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Unleash your creativity with three-dimensional brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire. Your room is your canvas. Your palette is your imagination. The possibilities are endless.

Titanic VR

A diving simulator and immersive interactive story. With over 6 hours of game-play Titanic VR you will leave with a greater understanding of the historic tragedy that unfolded in 1912

Titans of Space 

Just how big is big? Journey through this holographic Solar System, and then squint your eyes in the intense light of a few of the largest known stars. Enjoy various accidentally-educational activities along the way. Great care has been taken to ensure a comfortable VR experience.  

Universe Sandbox2

A physics-based space simulator. It merges gravity, climate, collision, and material interactions to reveal the beauty of our universe and the fragility of our planet. Create, destroy, and interact on a scale you've never before imagined

Vive Video

Your portal into a newer, more immersive way to watch 360-degree videos.


Featuring detailed environments, realistic mechanics and range of features to improve your graffiti artwork whether you’re a seasoned pro or just looking to have fun.

WebbVR: The James Webb Space Telescope Virtual Experience

Join the James Webb Space Telescope in orbit beyond the Moon and explore the universe from its perspective. Planetary systems are born, galaxies form, and stars emerge from within colorful nebulas—all before your eyes.

Welcome to Light Fields

Experience real-world reflections, depth, and translucence like never before in VR.Explore the Gamble House, Mosaic Tile House, and the Space Shuttle DiscoveryNavigable stills showcase the emerging technology Google is using to power its next generation of VR content