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Library, IT & Archives

The Whittaker Library contains one of the most comprehensive collections of performance materials for music, dance, drama, production and screen in the UK and internationally.

All staff and students are members and we are open to the public for reference purposes. Extra-mural membership on payment of an annual fee is available to graduates of the Royal Conservatoire.

Click here to access the online Library Catalogue system

Click here for request new materials to buy form

Click here for Wallace Studios at SLS item request form


Opening hours

The library opening hours are:

During Term

Mon to Thurs – 8.45am to 8.30pm

Friday – 8.45am to 5pm

Saturday – 10am to 4pm

Sunday – 11am to 3pm

Winter & Spring Break

Mon, Wed, Thurs and Fri – 9am to 5pm

Summer Break

Mon, Wed, Thurs and Fri – 9am to 5pm

Tues – 9am to 8pm.

Opening times do occasionally vary and if you are planning to make a journey to visit us it is advisable to call first.

The Library is a member of the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL) and the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and we collaborate in a number of national projects and are signatories of the Scottish Collections Policy.


The Library has made access a priority and you can view our Access Statement here

Please note IT facilities are not available to the public.

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Library Twitter : RCS Twittaker

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Library & Archives Flickr : Library and Archives RCS



All Library Rules & Regs are available here RCS Library Rules & Regs

Access to other libraries

All students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland also have reference access at every other university library in Scotland. This includes the libraries at the following universities:

Aberdeen; Abertay; Dundee; Edinburgh; Glasgow; Glasgow Caledonian; Glasgow School of Art; Heriot Watt; Edinburgh Napier; Queen Margaret; Robert Gordon; UHI; St. Andrews; Stirling; Strathclyde; University of the West of Scotland.

NB. Students will need to produce their RCS matric cards in order to gain access

Students also have reference access at all the public libraries in Scotland including the Mitchell in Glasgow.

We also participate in the SCONUL Access Scheme which allows limited borrowing to staff and post graduate students, to other UK libraries

Please contact if you have any special requirements during your visit.