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.
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.
NEW * Our opening hours during December as are normal, until the last week of term, and then as follows:
Friday 13th December 9am – 5pm
Monday 16th December 11am – 5pm
Tuesday 17th December 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 18th December 9am – 5pm
Thursday 19th December 9am – 2pm
Friday 20th December 9am – 2.30pm
The library will be CLOSED from 2.30pm on Friday 20th December and reopen at 8.45am on Monday 6th January 2020.
Mon to Thurs – 8.45am to 8.30pm; Friday – 8.45am to 7pm
Saturday – 9am to 4pm; Sunday – 11am to 3pm
Winter & Spring Break
Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm
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 has made access a priority and you can view our Access Statement here.
Please note IT facilities are not available to the public.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any special requirements during your visit.
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.
Stay in touch with the library
T: 0141 270 8268 F: 0141 270 8353 E: email@example.com
- Library Blog : Whittaker Live!
- Library Twitter : RCS Twittaker
- Library Instagram : whittakerlibrary
- RCS Printing : Papercut