Skyrim: Skill Book Locations

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There are literal libraries worth of content for bookworms everywhere to read in the open-world action-RPG madness that is The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. Most of the books you’ll discover will provide some history, give you a few laughs, or tell an interesting story — but some provide benefits to certain skills, instantly rewarding the player with a boost in skill. These books are rare, but then can be found. Listed below are the books we’ve found in our travels around Skyrim, listed under the skill they improve.

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Skill Book Locations


  • A Game At Dinner: New Gnisis Cornerclub, Windhelm or Honningbrew Brewery.
  • De Rerum Dirennis: Winterhold Alchemy Lab.
  • Herbalist’s Guide to Skyrim: Hag’s Cure, Makarth or Arcadia’s Cauldron, Whiterun
  • Mannimarco King of Worms: Corpse in Evergreen Grove or the Alchemy Lab at the Nightcaller Temple.
  • Song of the Alchemists: Bard’s College, Solitude or Anise’s Cabin.


  • Breathing Water: Kraldar’s House, Winterhold or Withing Ilinalta’s Deep.
  • Daughter of the Niben: Brandy-Mug Farmstead or in the room next to the Jarl of Understone, Markarth.
  • Reality and Other Falsehoods: Throne room of Yngvild or Red Eagle Ascent.
  • Sithis: On Krag’s corpse in Nchuand-Zel or in the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary.
  • The Lunar Lorkhan: Mazaka’s quarters, Lighthouse of Solitude or in the central chamber of the Arcane Enchanter, Cragwallow Slope.


  • Father of the Niben: Brinehammer shipwreck or the Autumnshade Clearing, on a dead hunter.
  • The Black Arrow Part II: Drunken Huntsman Tavern, Whiterun or the Valtheim Towers.
  • The Gold Ribbon of Merit: Fletcher’s shop, Solitude or Angi’s Camp.
  • The Marksmanship Lesson: Map room, Dawnstar Sanctuary or Gilfre’s House, Mixwater.
  • Vernaccus and Bourlor: Smithshop, Knifepoint Ridge or Froki’s Shack.


  • A Dance in Fire, Volume II: Library, Fort Snowhawk or the ruined hostel, Traitors’ Post.
  • Battle of Red Mountain: Watch pass, Skybound or the destroyed caravan, Tolvald’s Crossing.
  • Death Blow of Abernit: Hall of the Dead, Whiterun or the War Room, Falkreath.
  • The Mirror: Bed mat, Broken Tower o r Ulfric’s bedroom, Windhelm castle.
  • Warrior: Last arena, Driftshade Refuge or the Captain’s quarters, Fort Kostov.


  • Frostfall, Volume 10: Near the Word Wall, Sunderstone Gorge or Belyn Hlaalu’s house, Windhelm.
  • Hearth Fire, Volume 9: Last room, Rimerock Burrow or near the Mortar and Pestle, Dawnstar.
  • Liminal Bridges: North entrance of Shalidar’s Maze or at the top of Falkreath Watchtower.
  • The Doors of Oblivion: Reachcliff Cave or Fellglow Keep.
  • The Warrior’s Charge: Sacrificial Chamber of the Arcane Enchanter, Brittleshin Pass or the Jarl’s bed chamber, Markarth.


  • A Hypothetical Treachery: Central chamber, High Gate Ruins or the Aretino home, Windhelm.
  • Art of War Magic: Ravenscar Hollow or White Hall, Dawnstar.
  • Horrors of Castle Xyr: Alchemy Lab, Rannveig’s Fast or the Glenmoril Coven.
  • Response to Bero’s Speech: Haemar’s Cavern or Iron Breaker Mine, Dawnstar.
  • The Mystery of Princess Talara, Volume 3: Winterhold, or the top area of Steepfall Burrow.


  • A Tragedy In Black: Glenmoril Coven or Ilinalta’s Deep.
  • Catalog of Armor Enchantments: Falion’s Home, Morthal or Steamscorch Mine, Kynesgrove.
  • Catalog of Weapon Enchantments: White Hall, Dawnstar.
  • Enchanter’s Primer: Valentina’s house, Whiterun or Hob’s Fall Cave.
  • Twin Secrets: Hagraven, Serpent’s Bluff or Treva’s Watch.

Heavy Armor

  • Haalgerd’s Tale: Jorrvaskr Hall, Whiterun.
  • MidYear, Volume 6: Fort Dunstead Prison, Morthal.
  • Chimarvamidium: Calcelmo’s Tower, Malkorth or Darkwater Crossing.
  • Orsinium and the Orcs: Stonehills or Dushnikh Yal.
  • The Knights of the Nine: Dining area, Windhelm or the Hall of the Vigilant.


  • Before the Ages of Man: Dragonsreach Jarl’s Quarters, Whiterun or in Shroud Hearth Barrow.
  • Incident at Necrom: Pinemoon Cave or the Bloodlet Throne.
  • Mystery of Talara, Volume 4: Arcane Enchanter, Broken Fang Cave or Nepa’s house, Markarth.
  • Sun’s Dawn, Volume 2: Temple of Dibella, Malkarth or by the Hargraven’s tent in Darklight Tower.
  • The Black Arts on Trial: Falkreath Jail or the White Phial, Whiterun.

Light Armor

  • Ice and Chitin: Guard tower, Markarth or in a room under the southern bridge of Windhelm.
  • Jornibret’s Last Dance: Fort Neugard, Library or in the Autumnwatch Tower.
  • Rislav the Righteous: Fort Greymoor, Cracked Tusk Keep.
  • The Rear Guard: Castle Dour, Solitude or Druaddach Redoubt.
  • The Refugees: Camp west of Helgen, with no map marker or the smith of Solitude.


  • Advances in Lockpicking: Ragged Flagon’s Cistern, Riften or while scaping Riften Jail.
  • Proper Lock Design: Cidhna Mine, Markarth or on Faldar’s Tooth.
  • Surfeit of Thieves: Wreck of the Winter War or Mistveil Keep, Riften.
  • The Locked Room: Highmoon Hall, Morthal or Animonculary’s Vault, Alftrand.
  • The Wolf Queen, Volume 1: Dawnstar Jail or under the bar in Cragslane Cavern.


  • Fire and Darkness: Folgunthur or Esben’s Room, Ratway Warrens, Riften.
  • Mace Etiquette: Orotheim or Fort Greenwall.
  • Morning Star, Volume 1: Driftshade Refuge or the Lost Echo Cave.
  • Night Falls on Sentinel: Bandit camp northwest of Helgen or in the Swindler’s Den.
  • The Importance of Where: Markarth Guard Tower or Chillfurrow Farm.
  • Warrior: Driftshade Refuge.


  • Aevar Stone Singer: Thonnir’s House, Morthal or the last jail cell in Lost Valkygg.
  • Beggar: Ratway, at the table with a Kajiit lowlife or Haelga’s bunkhouse, Riften.
  • Purloined Shadows: Duskglow Crevice or Honorfall Orphanage, Riften.
  • Thief: Bleak Falls Temple, Swindler’s Den or the Argonian Assemblage in Windhelm.
  • Wulfmare’s Guide to Better Thieving: Fort Sunguard’s Oubliette or Mara’s Eye Pond.


  • Mystery of Talara, Volume 2: Eldergleam Sanctuary or the Frostflow Lighthouse.
  • Racial Phylogeny: Moorside Inn, Morthal or Corpselight Farm, Falkreath.
  • Rain’s Hand, Volume 4: Falion’s house, Morthal or the Hall of the Dead, Markarth.
  • The Exodus: Frozen Hearth, Winterhold or Stendarr’s Beacon.
  • Withershins: Actwind Point or the Temple of Kynarteh, Whiterun.


  • Cherins’ Heart: Dawnstar’s Quicksilver mine or Morvunskar’s forge room.
  • Heavy Armor Forging: Silent Moons Camp or Gloombound Mine.
  • The Last Scabbard of Akrash: Silver Hand Camp, Gallows Rock, or the Armory of Fort Sunguard.
  • Light Armor Forging: Lod’s house, Falkreath or Embershard Mine, on the lowest level to the west.
  • The Armorer’s Challenge: Smith’s forge, Mor Khazgu or the Skyforge platform, Whiterun.


  • Last Seed, Volume 8: Redoran’s Retreat or The Room with Alain, Raldbthar.
  • Legend of Krately House: Black Briar Lodge or the Cellar of Nightgate Inn.
  • Sacred Witness: Alchemy lab in Deepwood Vale or Babette’s room, Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary.
  • The Red Kitchen Reader: Frostmere Crypt or the New Gnisis Cornerclub, Windhelm.
  • Three Thieves: Room of rattles in Snow Veil Sanctum, or Honningbrew Brewery’s alchemy lab.


  • A Dance in Fire, Volume 6: Meeko’s Shack or Dead Man’s Drink tavern, Falkreath.
  • A Dance in Fire, Volume 7: Arnleif and Sons Trading Company, Markarth or in Beggars’ Row, Riften.
  • Biography of the Wolf Queen: Blue Palace, Solitude or Belthor’s General Good, Whiterun.
  • Second Seed, Volume 5: Sorli’s house, Stonehills or Sadri’s Used Wares, Windhelm.
  • The Buying Game: Bards’ College or Shrine to Peyrite.


  • Battle of Sancre Tor: Dustman’s Cairn or Old Hroldan.
  • King: Bleakwind Bluff or Penitus Oculatist Outpost, Dragon Bridge.
  • Songs of Hrormir: Jorrvaskr Living Quarters or Jala’s house, Solitude.
  • The Legendary City of Sancre Tor: Ysgramor’s Tomb or Falkreath’s barracks.
  • Words and Philosophy: Flooded cave, Lost Knife Hideout or the Riften barracks.

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8 Comments on Skyrim: Skill Book Locations


On January 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm

I was looking through this and I have one addition that I can point out now. One of the books for boosting Alchemy, De Rerum Dirennis, can be found in a location other than the Winterhold Alchemy Lab. I found it on an Alchemy table in the Midden Dark as well. Just a quick pointer.


On January 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Likewise I received a small collection of skill books from Urag Gro-Shub after doing the quest “Hitting The Books” (the one where you recover three books from Fellgellow Keep). The books I recieved (I believe the same books are given to everyone) and the skills that are boosted are in a list below.
Enchanting- Catalogue of Weapon Enchantments
Illusion- The Black Arts On Trial
Restoration- Racial Phylogeny
Alteration- Daughter of the Niben
Conjuration- 2920, Hearth Fire (v9)
Destruction- Response to Bero’s Speech
I hope this helped you guys out, it helped me get 6 free skill books.


On January 11, 2012 at 5:07 am

Try looking within the bards collage a few of these book are located inside if you look well.


On February 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm

If you pick the lock on a display case with an elven bow inside it, you will find the marksmanship lesson archery book inside as well, this is inside the jorrvaskr living quarters.


On March 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Look everywhere you go theres usually one


On March 8, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Wow. What are your sources for this information?


On March 24, 2012 at 2:11 am

yea i found the book Racial Phylogen (restoration) in a big basket, in the furthest left room inside the moorside inn at Morthal


On March 24, 2012 at 6:22 am

Bards Collage, Solitude, second story, “The Buying Game” (speech)