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For other uses, see Skill Books.

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

Skill Books are unique books that can grant the Dragonborn 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.

Although skill books look similar to regular books, a reliable way of identifying one is by checking if it has a value of 50 or above. This allows for swift looting without having to trigger the "opening" animation of said book to determine its nature. Most skill books for the spell skills of Destruction, Illusion, Conjuration, Restoration and Alteration have the spell skill's symbol on the front cover.

There are five different books for each skill for 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 into 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
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


Book Locations
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
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
  • Solitude Blacksmith, top floor bedroom on a single shelf attached to the right-side wall.
  • Wolfskull Ruins, on the top of the altar.
  • Small bandit camp west of the Helgen escape exit, leaning against a novice lock chest.


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
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 near the alchemy lab.
  • 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
Heavy Armor Forging
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.
Light Armor Forging
The Armorer's Challenge


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 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 one of three paths (the player can choose from the path of Magic, Might or Shadow). It does not count toward the Reader Achievement/Trophy.


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Read 50 Skill Books
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Bronze trophy

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