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Skyrim:Fetch me that Book!

Skyrim: Quests: College of Winterhold: Radiant

Fetch a book for Urag gro-Shub.
Quest Giver: Urag gro-Shub
Location(s): The Arcanaeum
Reward: Small amount of leveled gold
Disposition: 0→1 (Urag) (MGR20B only)
Urag gro-Shub wants you to find books for the Arcanaeum.

Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. Talk to Urag gro-Shub.
  2. Retrieve the requested book.
  3. Return to Urag gro-Shub.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

The ArcanaeumEdit

After joining the College of Winterhold, you will find an opportunity to visit the Arcanaeum. Here you will meet the master archivist, Urag gro-Shub. He is very solicitous of his books, threatening bodily harm should any problems arise under his watch. After his blustering, ask Urag if there is any College business you can help with. If you assure him you are feeling adventurous, he will name a book title he would like to procure from a more "dangerous" location.

Reading ListEdit

The book that you are asked to find is randomly selected from the following list:

The book will be located in the boss-level chest of any dungeon in the game, and as this is a radiant quest, your destination is randomly selected from over one hundred forty possible dungeons.

A Means to an EndEdit

The book you are asked to find is never a skill book, and the monetary reward you get from Urag for returning a book is very small in proportion to the amount of work required to fetch it. However, this quest is a useful means for locating dungeons in Skyrim. The various loot you find in the dungeons will be considerably more valuable than the book.


  • If Dragonborn is installed, some radiant locations may be on Solstheim. If you are in Skyrim, you will not receive a quest marker pointing you to the quest location, but must travel to Solstheim first (at which point any quest markers you have to quests in Skyrim will disappear).
  • The two different quest IDs correspond to two nearly identical quests. In particular, the lists of possible books and lists of possible dungeons are the same for both quests. The only difference is Urag's dialogue throughout the quest.


  • If you find the book before activating the quest, you will be stuck with it. The quest will point to the chest, and the book won't be there, and can't be returned. Once this has happened, you will be stuck with any additional copies you pick up as well, even if you activate the quest before getting a second copy.
    • PC Only This bug is fixed by version 2.0.0 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.
    • PC Use player.drop "book ID" "quantity" to drop and retake the book to complete the quest.
    • PC Alternatively use console player.additem 72841 1 to add quest version of that book to inventory. Then use setstage MGR20 20 to finish that stage of quest.
  • If there is no quest marker pointing you to the book's location, the book may be located in The Katariah, in which case the book can not be reached until the quest Hail Sithis! begins.
  • The quest marker may point to the Thalmor Embassy instead of Shadowgreen Cavern, which is right next door.
  • If you find the book before activating the quest, the quest will point you to Urag gro-Shub saying "Return the book to Urag gro-Shub" (if you have installed the unofficial patches) but Urag gro-Shub will not provide new dialogue thus making it impossible to complete the quest.
    • PC Use setstage MGR20 200 to finish the quest. (use this if setstage MGR20 20 doesn't work). Use "MGR20B" if "MGR20" doesn't work.

Complete find book of azura SetObjectiveCompleted MGR20B 10 1

Quest StagesEdit

Fetch me that Book! (MGR20)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Find the copy of <Alias=Book>
Objective 20: Return the book to Urag gro-Shub
200 Finishes quest☑
Fetch me that Book! (MGR20B)
Objective 10: Find the copy of <Alias=Book>
Objective 20: Return the book to Urag gro-Shub
200 Finishes quest☑
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table:
    • MGR20: 0.
    • MGR20B: 0.
* Any text displayed in angle brackets (e.g., <Alias=LocationHold>) is dynamically set by the Radiant Quest system, and will be filled in with the appropriate word(s) when seen in game.
  • Not all Journal Entries may appear in your journal; which entries appear and which entries do not depends on the manner in which the quest is done.
  • Stages are not always in order of progress. This is usually the case with quests that have multiple possible outcomes or quests where certain tasks may be done in any order. Some stages may therefore repeat objectives seen in other stages.
  • If an entry is marked as "Finishes Quest" it means the quest disappears from the Active Quest list, but you may still receive new entries for that quest.
  • On the PC, it is possible to use the console to advance through the quest by entering setstage quest stage, where quest is the internal name of the quest, and stage is the number of the stage you wish to complete. It is not possible to un-complete (i.e. go back) quest stages, but it is possible to clear all stages of the quest using resetquest quest, where quest is the internal name of the quest.