About ESIE

About Empire State Immersive Experiences (ESIE)

Empire State Immersive Experiences (ESIE) is a service of the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC). It provides a host software platform for 360-degree images of places, locations, and objects. These images are searchable using the extensive metadata uploaded with the images and can be transformed using editing tools to add directional inputs and hotspots.

For example, a library which takes several 360-degree images of various spaces and rooms in their library can effectively link them together using the editing tools in the software and provide informational hotspots and layers of information to provide their patrons with a virtual “tour before you go” orientation.

The best way to immerse oneself in this tour is by using a virtual reality headset like the Oculus Go or Quest. Users can also easily view this tour on their computer screen as well if they do not have a headset or VR capability.

Users of content available in ESIE must adhere to the Creative Commons 4.0 International Attribution (CC:BY 4.0) licensing agreement.