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Virtual Reality Resources: Borrow VR Equipment

Instructions for Borrowing

To borrow Google Cardboard viewers, please contact This equipment has a loan period of 5 days. Replacement charges may apply for lost or damaged equipment. 

Google Cardboard

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Compatible Phones
  • larger phones with screen sizes from 4-6 inches
  • Android 4.1 or higher OR iOS 8.0 or higher
Dimensions 5.9 x 3.5 x 2.2 in (150 x 90 x 55 mm)
Weight 96 g
  • Body: cardboard
  • Lens: plastic acrylic

Instructions for Use 

  1. Download and open the VR app on your smartphone.
  2. Open the top flap of the Google Cardboard headset.
  3. Open the hidden flap, and then fold it over the headset. Velcro it in place. 
  4. Place your smartphone in the flap with the screen facing inwards. 
  5. Close the top flap to secure the phone in place.

  6. Place the Google Cardboard over your eyes with your nose sitting in the slot. If you wear spectacles, keep them on while using Cardboard.

  7. Enjoy your VR experience!


Video Overview


Product Safety Information

  • Take frequent breaks while using Cardboard. If you experience nausea, discomfort, eye strain, or disorientation, immediately discontinue using Cardboard.
  • Cardboard is not for use by children without adult supervision.
  • Do not use Cardboard while driving, walking, or otherwise by being distracted from real world situations that prevent you from obeying traffic or safety laws. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery immediately after using Cardboard if you feel impaired or disoriented.
  • If you have had or could be prone to seizures, consult a doctor before using cardboard.

Google. (2017). Google Cardboard Product safety information. Retrieved from: