Online:Skill Books

Online: Books

This article is about books which give skill increases. For the Eidetic Memory collection, see Skill Books (collection).

Skill Books are books that can be used to increase any of your skills instantly. The first time you read a given skill book, your level in the associated skill(s) 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. Note that some of these books list a class rather than an individual skill tree. For these books, if you are a member of that class, it will raise all three of your skill ranks for that class. Otherwise, it will not raise any skills.

When you pick up a skill book, you automatically start to read it, and therefore you immediately obtain the skill bonus. 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.

94 skill books can be found all across Tamriel, covering all of the available skills. 83 of the skill books are also part of the Skill Books collection that make up part of the Eidetic Memory, while the others are spread among the other collections. Additionally all books in Shalidor's Library contribute towards the Mages Guild skill line, but through granting reputation points (which guild skill lines use to level).


Title Skill Author Description Location Collection
Advances in Lockpicking
Nightblade An experienced thief summarizes the intricacies of lockpicking Skill Books (collection)
Ahzidal's Descent
Enchanting Halund Greycloak The tale of a powerful enchanter's descent into madness Tales of Tamriel
Alchemy Practicum
Alchemy Defessus Lector A reminder on the proper way to create new potions Skill Books (collection)
Alchemy: Discovering Traits
Alchemy Defessus Lector A guide to basic alchemy Skill Books (collection)
Almalexia and the Mudcrab
Destruction Staff A traditional Dunmer tale Tales of Tamriel
Arboreal Architecture
Woodworking Cirantille A description of Bosmeri construction techniques The World and Its Creatures
An Archer's Archive
Bow Sabarid the Seeker The far-ranging travels of a student of archery Skill Books (collection)
Ardent Flame: Draconic or Endemic?
Dragonknight Gabrielle Benele Skill Books (collection)
Armor of Myth and Legend
Heavy Armor Aurelienne Dulroi Famous (and possibly fictional) armors Skill Books (collection)
Aura of the Righteous
Templar Ptolus the Bright, Resolute of Stendarr Notes on the different forms of Stendarr's gift Skill Books (collection)
Azarrid's Race
Medium Armor The tale of a group of adventurers and their race to claim a priceless gemstone Skill Books (collection)
Baandari Mutton Stew
Provisioning A recipe for stew Skill Books (collection)
Bow Skill Books (collection)
The Book of Circles: Forging Maxims
Blacksmithing Frandar Hunding Proverbs on the creation and use of swords Skill Books (collection)
Bowyer and Fletcher
Woodworking Hoary Durotzel, the Wood Butcher of Ska'vyn A lesson on the various bow types Skill Books (collection)
Call to the Faithful
Light Armor Prudentia Blaesus A call to religious followers Skill Books (collection)
Cantillon's Correspondence
Destruction Staff Margaux Cantillon A letter from a renowned Restoration healer regarding a gifted staff Skill Books (collection)
Ceryolminwe's Translation
Two Handed Ceryolminwe A study of an ancient Ayleid text Skill Books (collection)
The Chopping Block
One Hand and Shield Kajuld Blackfox A Nord teaches his younger brother how to wield an axe Skill Books (collection)
Chronicles of Ehtelar, Vol. 1
Clothing The first part of a tale of two Alik'r caravaneers and their ill-fated trek into an Ayleid ruin Skill Books (collection)
Clothier: Light Armor Basics
Clothing Lady Eloisse, Fifth Countess Manteau A brief description of light armor Skill Books (collection)
Confessions of a Bold Alchemist
Alchemy Alchemist Aleeto The musings of an alchemist Tales of Tamriel
Cooking Mastery, The Easy Way
Provisioning the Malachite Chef A guide to easy cooking Skill Books (collection)
Crush, Slash, Bash, and Stab
Dual Wield Weapon-master Grutsug A warrior's musing on various combat styles Skill Books (collection)
Dark Magic: Three Pretexts
Sorcerer The Aureate Serpent A rebuttal addressing the criticism against Dark Magic Skill Books (collection)
Destruction or Distraction
Destruction Staff Humius Acidinus A criticism against the trend of excessive intellectualism in magical study Skill Books (collection)
Discomforts of War
Medium Armor Robier Douare, Alchemist Alchemical advice to protect against common health threats Skill Books (collection)
Enigma of the Runestones
Enchanting Telenger the Artificer On the runestones of Tamriel Skill Books (collection)
Exiled from Exile, Volume 7
Dual Wield Yasra al-Ash'abah The tale of a man and his daughter's encounter with a cult of Daedra worshippers Tales of Tamriel
Father of the Niben, Fragment One
Bow Florin Jaliil Fragment of a journal of Topal the Pilot, translated and with commentary Skill Books (collection)
Folly in Fixation
Heavy Armor Estiraamo An essay extolling the virtues of mastering both spell and sword Skill Books (collection)
Forged in the Heart of Mundus
Dragonknight The Dragonsmith of Bruma Notes on the abilities granted unto the Children of the Mundus Skill Books (collection)
The Four Abominations
Templar Vinicius Imbrex, Archbishop of Chorrol, 1E 10511087 A description of the unnatural enemies of mortals, which are hated by Stendarr Skill Books (collection)
The Friend of All Mortals
Templar The Resolute Templar of Ska'vyn On Stendarr, the God of Mercy and Justice Skill Books (collection)
Fundaments of Alchemy
Alchemy Alyandon Mathierry A fundamental primer on Alchemy Skill Books (collection)
Glinting Talons
Dual Wield Ablahar at-Tanul An essay surrounding Ra Gada fighting styles and philosophy Skill Books (collection)
Glyphs and Enchantment
Enchanting Sanessalmo of Glister Vale A brief overview of enchanting glyphs and runestones Skill Books (collection)
A Grifter's Apology
One Hand and Shield Anonymous A former con-artist's advice Skill Books (collection)
Harvest's End
Enchanting Tal Marog Ker On the exploits and studies of Chimere Graegyn
  • Bookshelves, typically in Daedric Shrines or areas of Daedric influence
Lore and Culture
Heavy Armor Forging
Heavy Armor Sven Two-Hammers A guide to creating Heavy Armor Skill Books (collection)
Heavy Armor: A Forge-Wife's Advice
Blacksmithing Garshag gra-Sharkub How to get started smithing Skill Books (collection)
A Hero's Weapon
Two Handed Lizabet Delrusc A panegyric to the greatsword Skill Books (collection)
How to Win a Fight
Two Handed Caelius Imbrex A concise, but primitive, guide on effective fighting techniques Skill Books (collection)
Husks and Bones
Medium Armor Sorexius Lentulus The journal of an enterprising merchant and his experiences in Valenwood Skill Books (collection)
A Hypothetical Treachery, Part 1
Destruction Staff Anthil Morvir A One Act Play Skill Books (collection)
Jornibret's Last Dance
Light Armor Song involving men and women's parts Skill Books (collection)
Journal of Thracius Mento
Destruction Staff Thracius Mento The journal of a priest of the Divines Skill Books (collection)
Khajiiti Arms and Armor
Clothing A treatise on Khajiiti armaments and armor Lore and Culture
Legacy of the Dragonguard
Dragonknight Kiasa-Veda, the Chronicler of Blades A history of the Dragonguard Skill Books (collection)
The Legendary Sancre Tor, 1st Ed.
Two Handed Matera Chapel An attempt to chronicle the rise and fall of Sancre Tor Skill Books (collection)
Mace Etiquette
One Hand and Shield A warrior's instruction pamphlet on proper mace tactics Skill Books (collection)
The Masters' Hall
Heavy Armor Unknown Young and optimistic adventurers seek out a lost ruin in the Jerall Mountains Skill Books (collection)
Mazubar-do's Advice
Dual Wield Mazubar-do An essay on fighting and its relationship with dance Skill Books (collection)
Medium Armor: Tannins and Leather
Clothing Defessus Lector Skill Books (collection)
Mora'at's Theory of Lightning
Sorcerer Mora'at the Lesser, Wizard of Corinthe A Mages Guild theory on the inner workings of shock spells Skill Books (collection)
Mythical Beast, Real Powers
Dragonknight Drusus Ovicula, Proctor of the Imperial Library An Imperial scholar's notes on his experience with Dragonknights Skill Books (collection)
A New Recipe?
Provisioning A controversial culinary experiment Skill Books (collection)
Nord Armorers and Armsmen
Blacksmithing Notes on Nordic blacksmithing culture and techniques Skill Books (collection)
Notes on Racial Phylogeny
Destruction Staff the Council of Healers, Imperial University About the similarities and differences between the races of Tamriel Skill Books (collection)
On the Utility of Shock Magic
Sorcerer Vanus Galerion Archmage Galerion's notes on the flexibility of shock magic Skill Books (collection)
One Staff, Many Staves
Woodworking Hoary Durotzel, the Wood Butcher of Ska'vyn A children's guide to staff making Skill Books (collection)
Oshgura's Destruction Journal
Destruction Staff Oshgura An Orcish sorcerer's journal recounting his difficulty learning spells Skill Books (collection)
The Philosophy of Stealth
Nightblade The Red Asp, Hallin's Stand How not to be seen Skill Books (collection)
Precepts of Stendarr
Destruction Staff Ptolus the Bright, Resolute of Stendarr Evangelical doctrine for the God of Mercy and Charity Skill Books (collection)
Principles of Conjuration
Sorcerer Corvus Direnni A brief introduction to the basics of Conjuration magic Skill Books (collection)
Prudence in Practice
Destruction Staff Elleraame of Sunhold Proper magical practice technique Skill Books (collection)
Quotes from the Greats
Dual Wield Scaporius Pulex Words of advice from arena champions Skill Books (collection)
Redoran Cooking Secrets
Provisioning How to cook "Crab Meat and Scuttle" and "The Hound and Rat" Skill Books (collection)
Report: Quality of Recruits
Light Armor Captain Lampronius A military report on the training of new recruits Skill Books (collection)
A Request for Relief
Enchanting Defessus Magister An enchanter's plea regarding manufactured glyphs and the collapse of the enchanting market Skill Books (collection)
Rislav the Righteous, Part 1
Medium Armor Sinjin Heroic tales of Rislav Larich, ancient King of Skingrad Skill Books (collection)
Rituals of the Harmonious Masters
Templar Aritanwe of Lillandril Religious doctrine surrounding Stendarr and the promotion of his healing magic Skill Books (collection)
The Rotwood Enigma
Heavy Armor The mystery of a benevolent, silent adventurer Skill Books (collection)
Saving Your Hide
One Hand and Shield Lieutenant Anders Gemane On the finer points of dagger use Skill Books (collection)
Settling the Debate
Medium Armor Ralevyn Nerano On what type of leather armor to use Skill Books (collection)
Sep's Kiss
Alchemy Instructions on brewing a poison Rituals and Revelations
Shadow Draining: A Hypothesis
Nightblade the Glimmering Foxbat On the magical effect of absorbing another's life force Skill Books (collection)
Smithing: A Worthy Endeavor
Blacksmithing Cuinaamo, Great Sage of the Forge On the merits of smithing Skill Books (collection)
Sorcery is Not Necromancy!
Sorcerer Divayth Fyr A famed wizard's objections to being labeled a necromancer Skill Books (collection)
The Source of the Bone
Bow Selalleth The Death Stories of the Bosmer Skill Books (collection)
Sporting Chance
Bow Skill Books (collection)
Stendarr's Divine Spear
Templar Ptolus the Bright, Resolute of Stendarr A poem extolling the power of Stendarr's magic Skill Books (collection)
Stepping through Shadows
Nightblade the Glimmering Foxbat On teleportation magic Skill Books (collection)
Strakes and Futtocks
Woodworking Curly Lainlyn, Master Shipwright Houses, Shops, and Trade
Sword-Wisdom of Saikhalar
One Hand and Shield Advice from a sword master Skill Books (collection)
To Smite with Dragon Claws
Dragonknight Battle Chant of the Intrepid Two Hundred Skill Books (collection)
Treatise on Metallurgical Anomalies
Blacksmithing Ovuld, Master Metallurgist Introduction to a scholarly treatise on strange metals Skill Books (collection)
Undeniable Truths of Attire
Light Armor Elenuume the Impeccable On proper mage attire Skill Books (collection)
The Vanishing Crux
Destruction Staff Masura-dra, Sentinel Magister On the Osseous Crux Skill Books (collection)
Who Are the Wardens?
Animal Companions Lady Cinnabar of Taneth A description of the Wardens Skill Books (collection)
Wulfmare's Guide to Better Thieving
Nightblade Wulfmare Shadow-Cloak A boastful thief discusses the tricks of the trade Skill Books (collection)
Wuunding and Tumult
Two Handed Vothel Bethalas Two legends of Wuunding recorded by Vothel Bethalas Skill Books (collection)
Xil-Go's Spell
Light Armor Adzi-Kahz How an Argonian village fought off slavers from House Dres Skill Books (collection)
The Year 2920, Vol. 3
Clothing Carlovac Townway Volume 3 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire Tales of Tamriel
The Year 2920, Vol. 7
Woodworking Carlovac Townway Volume 7 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire Tales of Tamriel
The Pretension of High Elf Jewelry
Jewelry Crafting Elredith, Elden Root Jewelry Crafter A Bosmer's observations on Altmeri jewelry crafting Skill Books (collection)
Jewels of Yokuda
Jewelry Crafting Master-Jeweler Donielle Geonette Notes on ancient Yokudan jewelry crafting
  • Randomly found in bookcases across Summerset
Skill Books (collection)