"A mage is only as good as what he knows."
―Urag gro-Shub[src]

The Arcanaeum or the Ysmir Collective[1] serves as the library for the College of Winterhold in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and is overseen by Urag gro-Shub. It houses over 100 books, and hardly any of them are doubles. Books can be read, but not removed from the library.

The most current knowledge suggests that the locked bookshelves do not have a key, nor can the lock be picked. However, they can be unlocked using the console command "unlock," selecting the bookcase within the command console to get the code, then typing it in. These seem to contain the same books that are already available around the library.

There is also an "Investigators chest" with a master lock. It contains four ornamental rings that are needed to complete a quest that involves a Daedra summoning ritual in the Midden Dark.

If the Dragonborn has the Elder Scroll, it can be given to Urag gro-Shub. Whenever it is given, there is no way the player can retrieve it again until Dawnguard.

In The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard, the Elder Scroll may be re-purchased, as part of the main quest, for 4000 Gold (2000 Gold if the Dragonborn is the Arch-Mage).

History[edit | edit source]

The books inside the Arcanaeum were made after the Second Era. Most of them are old, but well-preserved, because of Urag gro-Shub. Without him, it is likely that some of the books would no longer exist. Through the centuries, many books have come and gone, but many still remain. Urag tries to keep as much knowledge available to the mages as he can and takes his job very seriously.[2]

There are several skill books to be found within the Arcanaeum:

Notable collections and texts[edit | edit source]

  • Ysmir Collective
  • Elder Scroll (Dragon) – after selling it to Urag gro-Shub it can then be seen in a display case behind Urag's desk.

Books[edit | edit source]

On the shelves, tables, and floor[edit | edit source]

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For sale[edit | edit source]

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Urag gro-Shub also sells books in the Arcanaeum, and the stock seems to change between different saves. His shop stock updates every 48 in-game hours.

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