Skyrim:Skill Books

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The first time you read a given Skill Book, your level in the associated skill will be permanently increased by one point. You do not actually have to read the entire book—simply opening the book and immediately closing it again is sufficient. There are five different books for each of the 18 skills making 90 in total. Unlike trainers, there is no limit to how many skill books you can read at one level.

When you pick up a skill book, you automatically start to read it, and therefore you immediately obtain the skill bonus. You can read any skill book without it being considered theft—theft only occurs if you select to "Take" an owned book while reading it. If you want to save a skill book for later, you can ask your follower to take or steal it for you.

If you find an additional copy of a skill book that you have already read, you will not receive any skill bonus for reading the additional copy.

Skill books are only available at the places listed in the following table, or as quest rewards (e.g. Hitting the Books). They are never found in random loot, and they are never part of a merchant's inventory. Skill books can be easily distinguished from most other books simply by looking at their value, which is usually around 50 gold or higher. Most other books are substantially less. They can be sold to any merchants who trade in books, i.e. spell and general goods merchants.

Title (ID) Skill Author Description Location
SR-icon-book-BasicBook4.png A Game at Dinner
Alchemy An Anonymous Spy A spy's observations upon poison making and a dinner party
SR-icon-book-BasicBook7.png De Rerum Dirennis
Alchemy Vorian Direnni Tales about a creator of Alchemy Science
SR-icon-book-BasicBook5.png Herbalist's Guide to Skyrim
Alchemy Agneta Falia A description of alchemy ingredients found in Tamriel's northernmost province, Skyrim.
SR-icon-book-BasicBook6a.png Mannimarco, King of Worms
Alchemy Horicles Biography of Mannimarco, the leader of Necromancers, in verse
SR-icon-book-BasicBook3a.png Song of the Alchemists
Alchemy Marobar Sul Book 5 of an incomplete series of fictional stories about the Dwemer.
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeAlteration.png Breathing Water
Alteration Haliel Myrm Lessons on water breathing
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeAlteration.png Daughter of the Niben
Alteration Sathyr Longleat The history of Bravil town and its famous statue of the Lucky Old Lady
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeAlteration.png Reality & Other Falsehoods
Alteration Summary of the basic principles of Alteration magic
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeAlteration.png Sithis
Alteration Text detailing an apparent connection between Sithis and Lorkhan
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeAlteration.png The Lunar Lorkhan
Alteration Fal Droon A theory about the moons Masser and Secunda
SR-icon-book-BasicBook6.png Father Of The Niben
Archery Florin Jaliil Translation of the fragmented journal of Topal the Pilot
SR-icon-book-BasicBook7.png The Black Arrow, v2
Archery Gorgic Guine Volume two of a story of revenge, and a true master archer
SR-icon-book-BasicBook2.png The Gold Ribbon of Merit
Archery Ampyrian Brum A man tutors his old friend in marksmanship
SR-icon-book-BasicBook3a.png The Marksmanship Lesson
Archery Alla Llaleth How a Bosmer slave teaches his master's son marksmanship
Vernaccus and Bourlor
Archery Tavi Dromio How a short-tempered Daedra tries to make something of himself

(Only locations for the skill book are provided)

SR-icon-book-BasicBook7a.png A Dance in Fire, v2
Block Waughin Jarth Chapter 2 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
SR-icon-book-BasicBook4.png Battle of Red Mountain
Block Vivec The story of the Battle of Red Mountain and the Nerevarine Prophecies from Vivec's perspective
SR-icon-book-BasicBook2.png Death Blow of Abernanit
Block Anonymous (with notes by Geocrates Varnus) The death of Dagoth Thras
SR-icon-book-BasicBook5.png The Mirror
Block Berdier Wreans About a skilled fighter's showdown with his greatest enemy
SR-icon-book-BasicBook6a.png Warrior
Block Reven The third chapter of the adventures of Eslaf Erol
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeConjuration.png 2920, Frostfall, v10
Conjuration Carlovac Townway Volume 10 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeConjuration.png 2920, Hearth Fire, v9
Conjuration Carlovac Townway Volume 9 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeConjuration.png Liminal Bridges
Conjuration Camilonwe of Alinor A Discourse On The Theory and Praxis of Traveling Between Mundus and Oblivion
The Doors of Oblivion
Conjuration Seif-ij Hidja The chronicles of Morian Zenas' journey through the realms of Oblivion, penned by his apprentice
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeConjuration.png The Warrior's Charge
Conjuration An old poem of the Redguards that deals with the constellations
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeDestruction.png A Hypothetical Treachery
Destruction Anthil Morvir A One Act Play
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeDestruction.png Horror of Castle Xyr
Destruction Baloth-Kul A One Act Play
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeDestruction.png Mystery of Talara, v3
Destruction Mera Llykith Part three of the story of Princess Talara
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeDestruction.png Response to Bero's Speech
Destruction Malviser, Battlemage Commentaries of "Bero's Speech to the Battlemages" book
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeDestruction.png The Art of War Magic
Destruction Zurin Arctus, with Commentary By Other Learned Masters Mastering the art of winning
SR-icon-book-BasicBook7a.png A Tragedy in Black
Enchanting A folk tale from the time of the Oblivion Crisis
SR-icon-book-BasicBook2.png Catalogue of Armor Enchantments
Enchanting Yvonne Bienne, Synod researcher An incomplete list of all the spells and armor used in enchanting
SR-icon-book-BasicBook5a.png Catalogue of Weapon Enchantments
Enchanting Yvonne Bienne, Synod researcher An incomplete list of all the spells and weapons used in enchanting
SR-icon-book-BasicBook3.png Enchanter's Primer
Enchanting Sergius Turrianus A guide for novices in enchanting issued by the College of Winterhold
SR-icon-book-BasicBook3a.png Twin Secrets
Enchanting Brarilu Theran A tale of an enchanter's demise from a perilous experiment
SR-icon-book-BasicBook5.png 2920, MidYear, v6
Heavy Armor Carlovac Townway Volume 6 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
SR-icon-book-BasicBook7.png Chimarvamidium
Heavy Armor Marobar Sul Book 6 of a series of fictional stories about the Dwemer.

Skill books:

Ordinary books:

SR-icon-book-BasicBook6a.png Hallgerd's Tale
Heavy Armor Tavi Dromio Squabbling over the greatest warrior ever leads to a tale of heavy-armor-master Hlaalu Pasoroth
SR-icon-book-BasicBook2.png Orsinium and the Orcs
Heavy Armor Menyna Gsost The story of how Gortwog won the land to the north of Wayrest
SR-icon-book-BasicBook6.png The Knights of the Nine
Heavy Armor Karoline of Solitude The founding and breakup of the original Knights of the Nine
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeIllusion.png 2920, Sun's Dawn, v2
Illusion Carlovac Townway Volume 2 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeIllusion.png Before the Ages of Man
Illusion Aicantar of Shimerene Chronicles the major events of the Dawn and Merethic Eras
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeIllusion.png Incident at Necrom
Illusion Jonquilla Bothe A story about an illusionist
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeIllusion.png Mystery of Talara, Part 4
Illusion Mera Llykith Part four of the story of Princess Talara
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeIllusion.png The Black Arts On Trial
Illusion Hannibal Traven, Archmagister of the Mages Guild A summary of the salient points of the debate which led to the resolution of the Mages Guild on the subject of Necromancy
SR-icon-book-BasicBook3a.png Ice and Chitin
Light Armor Pletius Spatec A tale of the manipulation of chitin armor
SR-icon-book-BasicBook2.png Jornibret's Last Dance
Light Armor Song involving men and women's parts
SR-icon-book-BasicBook5a.png Rislav The Righteous
Light Armor Heroic tales of Rislav Larich, ancient King of Skingrad
SR-icon-book-BasicBook6a.png The Rear Guard
Light Armor Tenace Mourl How a lone man guards a besieged castle and how he obtains his food
SR-icon-book-BasicBook4.png The Refugees
Light Armor Geros Albreigh History of refugees fleeing the Camoran Usurper
SR-icon-book-BasicBook7a.png Advances in Lockpicking
Lockpicking An experienced thief summarizes the intricacies of lockpicking
SR-icon-book-BasicBook2.png Proper Lock Design
Lockpicking Unknown
SR-icon-book-BasicBook3a.png Surfeit of Thieves
Lockpicking Aniis Noru How a busted robbery gets even worse
SR-icon-book-BasicBook3.png The Locked Room
Lockpicking Porbert Lyttumly How a pupil outlocks her cruel picklock instructor
SR-icon-book-BasicBook7a.png The Wolf Queen, v1
Lockpicking Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book One
SR-icon-book-BasicBook4.png 2920, Morning Star, v1
One-handed Carlovac Townway Volume 1 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
SR-icon-book-BasicBook7a.png Fire and Darkness
One-handed Ynir Gorming The history of the Morag Tong assassin guild
SR-icon-book-BasicBook6a.png Mace Etiquette
One-handed A warrior's instruction pamphlet on proper mace tactics
SR-icon-book-BasicBook5.png Night Falls on Sentinel
One-handed Boali How a knight weeds out an enemy of the king
SR-icon-book-BasicBook3a.png The Importance of Where
One-handed Marobar Sul Book 3 of an incomplete series of fictional stories about the Dwemer
SR-icon-book-BasicBook3a.png Aevar Stone-Singer
Pickpocket Traditional Skaal myth about a young Skaal's journey to recover the Gifts of the All-Maker
SR-icon-book-BasicBook7.png Beggar
Pickpocket Reven The first chapter in the adventures of Eslaf Erol
SR-icon-book-BasicBook3.png Guide to Better Thieving
Pickpocket Wulfmare Shadow-Cloak A boastful thief discusses the tricks of the trade
SR-icon-book-BasicBook2.png Purloined Shadows
Pickpocket Waughin Jarth A chill tale recounting the theft of Nocturnal's cowl
SR-icon-book-BasicBook5a.png Thief
Pickpocket Reven The second chapter of the adventures of Eslaf Erol
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeRestoration.png 2920, Rain's Hand, v4
Restoration Carlovac Townway Volume 4 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeRestoration.png Mystery of Talara, v 2
Restoration Mera Llykith Part two of the story of Princess Talara
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeRestoration.png Racial Phylogeny
Restoration the Council of Healers, Imperial University About the similarities and differences between the races of Tamriel
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeRestoration.png The Exodus
Restoration Waughin Jarth The tale of a parent's desperate bid to save their only child
SR-icon-book-SpellTomeRestoration.png Withershins
Restoration Yaqut Tawashi A humorous tale of a man's ailment and cure
SR-icon-book-BasicBook5a.png Cherim's Heart
Smithing Livillus Perus, Professor at the Imperial University Interview with Cherim, a master tapestry weaver
SR-icon-book-BasicBook7.png Heavy Armor Forging
Smithing Sven Two-Hammers A guide to creating Heavy Armor
SR-icon-book-BasicBook6.png Last Scabbard of Akrash
Smithing Tabar Vunqidh Story of a slaver's daughter and her Khajiit lover
SR-icon-book-BasicBook4.png Light Armor Forging
Smithing Revus Sarvani A book detailing various aspects of forging the various types of light armor.
SR-icon-book-BasicBook5.png The Armorer's Challenge
Smithing Mymophonus A competition between two skilled armorsmiths
SR-icon-book-BasicBook7a.png 2920, Last Seed, v8
Sneak Carlovac Townway Volume 8 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
SR-icon-book-BasicBook3.png Legend of Krately House
Sneak Baloth-Kul A play about the ghostly Krately family and how they died
SR-icon-book-BasicBook6.png Sacred Witness
Sneak Enric Milnes Account of Enric's meeting with the Night Mother and career as an assassin
SR-icon-book-BasicBook6a.png The Red Kitchen Reader
Sneak Simocles Quo Autobiographical musings of how the Master of Cuisine came to adore viands
SR-icon-book-BasicBook2.png Three Thieves
Sneak Anonymous Some thieves in Morrowind plan a heist
SR-icon-book-BasicBook7.png 2920, Second Seed, v5
Speech Carlovac Townway Volume 5 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
SR-icon-book-BasicBook5.png A Dance in Fire, v6
Speech Waughin Jarth Chapter 6 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
SR-icon-book-BasicBook2.png A Dance in Fire, v7
Speech Waughin Jarth Chapter 7 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
SR-icon-book-BasicBook5.png Biography of the Wolf Queen
Speech Katar Eriphanes A history of the unambiguously evil Queen Potema, the so-called Wolf Queen of Solitude
SR-icon-book-BasicBook5a.png The Buying Game
Speech Adabael Timsar-Dadisun Tips on buying and selling
SR-icon-book-BasicBook2.png Battle of Sancre Tor
Two-handed The story of how General Talos defeated the stronghold of Sancre Tor
SR-icon-book-BasicBook3a.png King
Two-handed Reven The final chapter in the adventures of Eslaf Erol
SR-icon-book-BasicBook4.png Song Of Hrormir
Two-handed The epic narrative of Hrormir, one-time champion of Nocturnal
SR-icon-book-BasicBook6.png The Legendary Sancre Tor
Two-handed Matera Chapel An attempt to chronicle the rise and fall of Sancre Tor
SR-icon-book-BasicBook2.png Words and Philosophy
Two-handed An interview with a Bosmer master swordsman about her life


The achievement related to skill books is:

  • SR-achievement-Reader.png Reader (20 points/Bronze) — Read 50 Skill Books
    • To unlock this achievement 50 different skill books must be read, out of the 90 available.
    • Books count towards this achievement even if they are read after the related skill has reached 100. In this case, no message appears on screen informing you that you have read a new skill book, but the game's counter is still increased.
    • You can track your progress towards the achievement using the "Skill Books Read" statistic on the General page of your journal's General Stats.


  • On rare occasions, reading a skill book will report the skill being leveled, but not actually increase the skill's level. Being close to leveling the skill may increase the likelihood of this happening.
    • Save your game and check the skill's value before reading any books. If it doesn't increase after reading, reload the save and increase the level of the skill before reading the book.