The Whittaker Library contains one of the most comprehensive collections of performance materials for music, dance, drama, production and film in the UK and internationally. The Whittaker Library is named after Dr William Gillies Whittaker, the first principal of the Scottish National Academy of Music (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).

Our collections offer a mix of print and electronic content and it’s all searchable via our Library Discovery Service.

Opening hours

During Term  (30/09/23 – 15/12/2023)

Mon to Thurs – 8.45am to 8.30pm

Friday – 8.45am to 5pm 

Saturday – 9am to 4pm

Sunday – 12 noon to 4pm 

Summer Break  

Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm 

We offer access to thousands of e-resources via our Catalogue for E-Books, and thousands of additional e-resources via Catalogue Plus. You can also check out our E-resource database listing and our E-journal titles.

If you have any Library-related questions, please email

Stay in touch with the library

Ask a LibrarianRCS staff and students can make an appointment to speak to one of our librarians

Diversifying the Library Collections

The Library is committed to counter contemporary and historic racism and inequality in our collections. We will endeavour to build inclusive collections, reflective of the global performing artist talent pool, and the RCS stance on anti-racism and injustice. We welcome your comments and contributions to this work.

Library Policies

Library Collection Management Policy

RCS Library Rules & Regulations

Information Services Accessibility Policy