The following is a list of all Skill Books in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Skill Books are unique books that grant a permanent one point increase to its associated skill. Opening a skill book will automatically grant the bonus. They can be read at any time and unlike Skill Trainers, who limit increases to five levels per level, there is no limit to the number of skill books that can be read in one level. However, the same book cannot give an additional skill bonus if read twice. The Dragonborn add-on includes an ability called Scholar's Insight that grants two points for every skill book read.

There is no tell-tale method to identify a skill book, as they look rather identical to regular books. This can often lead to the unplanned raising of a skill. However, most Skill Books for Spell Types (Destruction, Illusion, Conjuration, Restoration and Alteration) have the Spell Type's Symbol on the front cover. Occasionally, the value of the book can be an indicator or the title can often allude to what skill it may be associated with - such as with Advances in Lock Picking.

There are five different books for each skill and a total of 90 books. They can be found almost anywhere and typically appear as a world item.

Given the rarity and usefulness of skill books, it may be desired to add them to the inventory without reading them by ordering a follower to pick them up. The book can then be taken from the follower and read at a later date.


Book Locations
A Game at Dinner
De Rerum Dirennis
Herbalist's Guide to Skyrim
Mannimarco, King of Worms
Song of the Alchemists


Book Locations

Breathing Water

Daughter of the Niben
Reality and Other Falsehoods
The Lunar Lorkhan


Book Locations
Father of the Niben
The Black Arrow, v2
The Gold Ribbon of Merit
  • Fletcher in Solitude. Just inside, the book is on a table to the left, next to the fire.
  • Angi's Camp, inside the shack.
  • Fort Hraggstad, on a bookshelf along with other books, in the same room with the bandit chief.
  • Apocrypha in Black Book: Untold Legends can be found in Chapter IV, on a stand on the first road to the left. DB
  • In an unmarked camp with two hunters inside a tent. The camp is located northwest of Riften or south of Autumnshade Clearing.
The Marksmanship Lesson
Vernaccus and Bourlor


Book Locations
A Dance in Fire, v2
Battle of Red Mountain
Death Blow of Abernanit

The Mirror



Book Locations

2920, Hearth Fire, v9

2920, Frostfall, v10

Liminal Bridges

The Doors of Oblivion
The Warrior's Charge


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A Hypothetical Treachery

Horror of Castle Xyr

Mystery of Talara, v3

Response to Bero's Speech

The Art of War Magic


Book Locations

A Tragedy in Black

Catalogue of Armor Enchantments

Catalogue of Weapon Enchantments

Enchanter's Primer

  • Carlotta Valentia's House in Whiterun, Upstairs on the floor, between the bed and the end table, left side.
  • Hob's Fall Cave, on the arcane enchanter in the room with the sacrificial table.
  • Honeyside house after purchasing the arcane enchanter upgrade.

Twin Secrets

Heavy Armor

Book Locations

2920, MidYear, v6


Hallgerd's Tale

Orsinium and the Orcs

The Knights of the Nine


Book Locations

2920, Sun's Dawn, v2

Before the Ages of Man

Incident in Necrom

Mystery of Talara, Part 4

The Black Arts on Trial

Light Armor

Book Locations

Ice and Chitin

Jornibret's Last Dance

Rislav the Righteous

The Rear Guard

The Refugees


Book Locations

Advances in Lockpicking

Proper Lock Design

Surfeit of Thieves

The Locked Room

The Wolf Queen, v1


Book Locations

2920, Morning Star, v1

Fire and Darkness

  • Dawnstar Sanctuary, on a table just after descending the spiral staircase.
  • Esben's room in the Ratway Warrens in Riften, inside a box next to the bed on the right side.
  • Folgunthur, after entering and going down the stairs and into the first room continue through the passage and once through the passage turn left and on the wall will be the book with a dead adventurer and dead draugr.
  • On the north side of the island due south of the Wreck of The Pride of Tel Vos, by a tree trunk.

Mace Etiquette

Night Falls on Sentinel

The Importance of Where


Book Locations
Aevar Stone-Singer
Guide to Better Thieving
Purloined Shadows


Book Locations
2920, Rain's Hand, v4
Mystery of Talara, v 2
Racial Phylogeny
The Exodus
  • Forelhost Crypt, go through the master locked iron cell in the middle of a room, down the stairs, through the underwater area to the north on the map. After coming out onto a dry room, go through the next underwater corridor and it will be in the next room on a shelf.
  • Hob's Fall Cave, on a table.
  • Stendarr's Beacon, on a bedroll.
  • Swamp Pond Massacre, a small unmarked encampment located north of the Apprentice Stone.
  • The Frozen Hearth in Winterhold, in the cellar. The book is tucked in the middle of a few crates on the right side of the room, up against the wall.


Book Locations
Cherim's Heart of Anequina
Heavy Armor Forging
Light Armor Forging
The Armorer's Challenge
The Last Scabbard of Akrash
  • Gallows Rock, on a table near the workbench and anvil.
  • Fort Sungard Muster, on a table in the armory.
  • South southeast of Black-Briar Lodge, from the lodge, head east up a small snowy path between the rocks, to the right at the top of the rocky slope, under a hide shield.


Book Locations
2920, Last Seed, v8
Legend of Krately House
Sacred Witness
The Red Kitchen Reader
Three Thieves


Book Locations
2920, Second Seed, v5
A Dance in Fire, v6
A Dance in Fire, v7
Biography of the Wolf Queen
The Buying Game


Book Locations
Battle of Sancre Tor
Song of Hrormir
The Legendary City of Sancre Tor
  • Falkreath Barracks - Upstairs on a chest in front of the bed.
  • Northwatch Keep - In the captain's room, directly across from the bed next to the table, sitting on a box.
  • Ysgramor's Tomb, in a room containing an altar with a mammoth skull. Next to some ruined books.
  • Unmarked location. Directly east of Broken Tower Redoubt and down a rocky slope there is a wooden cart. On the ground behind the cart.
  • Unmarked Hunters' camp directly east of Steamcrag Camp. On a crate next to the carriage.
Words and Philosophy


  • Oghma Infinium - A special skill books that grants a five point increase to six skills. It does not count toward the Reader Achievement/Trophy.


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