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

UPDATE: The Whittaker Library will be reopening for student solo study, from 20th September 2021. Access will be bookable via Asimut. We can’t wait to welcome you back! 

The Library Space is currently closed, but we still are offering full 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

Additionally, access to our physical collections is available via our click and collect service.

If you have any Library-related questions during this time, please email


Stay in touch with the library


Chat with 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

Library Rules & Regulations