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.

Opening hours

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.

During Term 

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

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.

Click here for a request new materials to buy form

Click here for Wallace Studios at SLS item request form


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 library@rcs.ac.uk  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: library@rcs.ac.uk

Library Policies

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Library Rules & Regulations


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