Skyrim Skill Books Location Guide

By   /   Nov 12, 2011


Skill Books reward you with Skill Bonuses in Elder Scrolls V Skyrim. Each Skill has its own Skill Books, which you will find throughout Skyrim. You only need to read these books to gain an instant level increases. You don’t need to steal these, just opening them once, will do the trick.

Yes, there is also an achievement for reading 50 Skill Books, so if you are aiming for that, following brief directions given below to find and read all these Skill Books.

We don’t care whether you want to earn the achievement or you want to level up your skills, you will find below skill books for all 18 skills that you can learn in the game.

Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Skill Books

  1. Alchemy
  2. Alteration
  3. Archery
  4. Block
  5. Conjuration
  6. Destruction
  7. Enchantment
  8. Heavy Armor
  9. Illusion
  10. Light Armor
  11. Lockpicking
  12. One-Handed
  13. Pickpocketing
  14. Restoration
  15. Smithing
  16. Sneak
  17. Speech
  18. Two-Handed

Alchemy Skill Books

These skill books increase Alchemy Skill.

A Game At Dinner
You will find one book in New Gnisis Cornerclub in Windhelm and second in Honningbrew Brewery.

Herbalist’s guide to Skyrim
Look for this skill book in Arcadia’s Cauldron in Whiterun.

De Rerum Dirennis
You should find it in Winterhold Alchemy Lab.

Herbalit’s Guide to Skyrim
It’s in the Hag’s Cure in Makarth.

Mannimarco King of Worms
Look for on the corpse in Evergreen Grove.

Mannimarco King of Worms
Look for it in the Alchemy Lab in Nightcaller Temple.

Song of the Alchemists
You will find it in the Bards College during Solitude.

Song of the Alchemists
Search Anise’s Cabin for this skill book.

Alteration Skill Books

These Skill Books increase Alteration Skill.

Breathing Water
Look for one in Kraldar’s House in Winterhold and second in Withing Ilinalta’s Deep.

Daughter of the Niben
You will find one skill book in Brandy-Mug Farmstead and second in the room next to the Jarl of Understone in Markath.

Reality and Other Flasehoods
Find one in the throne room of Yngvild and second in the Red Eagle Ascent.

Sithis
You will find it on Krag’s corpse in Nchuand-Zel. There is another one in the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary.

The Lunar Lorkhan
Look for one in the Mazaka’s quarters at the Lighthouse of Solitude and second in the central chamber of the Arcane Enchanter of Cragwallow Slope.

Archery Skill Books

These Skill Books increase Archery Skill.

Father of the Niben
You will find one in Brinehammer shipwreck hold and second in Autumnshade Clearing, northwest of Riften, on dead hunter.

The Black Arrow Part II
You will find one in Drunken Huntsman tavern in Whiterun and second in Valtheim Towers.

The Gold Ribbon of Merit
You will find one in Fletcher’s shop in Solitude and second in Angi’s Camp.

The Marksmanship Lesson
You will find one in map room in Dawnstar Sanctuary and second in Gilfre’s House at Mixwater.

Vernaccus and Bourlor
You will find one in Smithshop at Knifepoint Ridge and second in Froki’s Shack.

Block Skill Books

These Skill Books increase Block Skill.

A Dance in Fire, Volume II
You will find one in Library in Fort Snowhawk and second in Ruined hostel at Traitors’ Post.

Battle of Red Mountain
You will find one in Watch pass at Skybound and second in Destroyed caravan at Tolvald’s Crossing.

Death Blow of Abernit
You will find one in the Hall of the Dead at Whiterun and second in war room in Falkreath.

The Mirror
Look for one on a sleeping mat on a redoubt of the Broken Tower and second in Ulfric’s bedroom in Windhelm castle.

Warrior
Look for one in Boss arena in the Driftshade Refuge and second in Captain’s quarters in Fort Kostov.

Conjuration Skill Books

These Skill Books increase Conjuration Skill.

Frostfall, Volume 10
You will find one in the last room of the Word Wall in Sunderstone Gorge and second in Belyn Hlaalu’s house in Windhelm.

Hearth Fire, Volume 9
You will find one in Last room in Rimerock Burrow and second by the Mortar and Pestle shop in Dawnstar.

Liminal Bridges
Look for one in north entrance of Shalidar’s Maze and second at the top of Falkreath watchtower.

The Doors of Oblivion
You will find one in Reachcliff Cave and second in Fellglow Keep.

The Warrior’s Charge
You will find one in sacrificial chamber of the Arcane Enchanter at Brittleshin Pass and second in the Jarl’s bed chamber in Markarth.

Destruction Skill Books

These Skill Books increase Destruction Skill.

A Hypothetical Treachery
You will find one in central chamber of High Gate Ruins and second in the Aretino residence in Windhelm.

Art of War Magic
Look for one skill book in Ravenscar Hollow and second in White Hall at Dawnstar.

Horrors of Castle Xyr
Look for one in Alchemy lab in Rannveig’s Fast and second in Glenmoril Coven.

Response to Bero’s Speech
You will find one in Haemar’s Cavern and second in Iron Breaker Mine in Dawnstar.

The Mystery of Princess Talara, Volume 3
You will find one in Winterhold and second in Upper zone of Steepfall Burrow.

Enchantment Skill Books

These Skill Books increase Enchantment Skill.

A Tragedy In Black
Look for one in Glenmoril Coven and second in Ilinalta’s Deep.

Catalog of Armor Enchantments
You will find one skill book in Falion’s house in Morthal and second in Steamscorch mine in Kynsegrove.

Catalog of Weapon Enchantments
You will find it in White Hall at Dawnstar.

Enchanter’s Primer
Look for one skill book in Valentina’s house in Whiterun and second can be found in Hob’s Fall Cave.

Twin Secrets
You will find on skill book at the top of the Arcane Enchanter in Hagraven, at Serpent’s Bluff and second in Treva’s Watch.

Heavy Armor Skill Books

These Skill Books increase Heavy Armor Skill.

Hallgerd’s Tale
You will find one skill book in east of Ivarstead, northwest of Riften, top of the tower on a table, guarded by Orc hunters and second can be found in Jorrvaskr hall at Whiterun.

MidYear, Volume 6
You will one skill book outside the alchemy lab in Fort Dunstead prison and second in a guardhouse in Morthal.

Chimarvamidium
Look for one skill book on a Desk in Calcelmo’s Tower in Malkorth and second in Darkwater Crossing.

Orsinium and the Orcs
You will find one in Stonehills and second in Dushnikh Yal.

The Knights of the Nine
Look for one in the dining area in Windhelm and second in the Hall of the Vigilant.

Illusion Skill Books

These Skill Books increase Illusion Skill.

Before the Ages of Man
You will find one in Dragonsreach Jarl’s quarters in Whiterun and second in four level room in Shroud Hearth Barrow.

Incident at Necrom
Look for one in Pinemoon Cave and second in the locked room by the alchemy lab at Bloodlet Throne.

Mystery of Talara, Volume 4
You will find one skill book near the Arcane Enchanter at Broken Fang Cave and second in Nepa’s house in Markarth.

Sun’s Dawn, Volume 2
Look for one skill book in Temple of Dibella in Malkarth, inner sanctum and second by the Hargraven’s tent in Darklight Tower.

The Black Arts on Trial
You will find one in Falkreath Jail and second within White Phial store in Whiterun.

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On this page, you will find the locations of the Skill Books to increase the remaining 9 Skills.

Light Armor Skill Books

These Skill Books increase Light Armor.

Ice and Chitin
Look for one in guard tower in Markarth and second in room under the southern bridge of Windhelm.

Jornibret’s Last Dance
Look for one skill book in Fort Neugard library and second in an Autumnwatch tower.

Rislav the Rigtheous
Search the training room in Fort Greymoor and Cracked Tusk Keep to get both skill books.

The Rear Guard
Look for one skill book in Castle Dour in Solitude and second at the Druaddach redoubt.

The Refugees
You will find one skill book in a small, nameless camp west of Helgen. To reach there, follow the path and keep left. For second skill book, go in the Smithy of Solitude.

Lockpicking Skill Books

These Skill Books increase Lockpicking Skill.

Advances in Lockpicking
You will one inside Ragged Flagon’s cistern at Riften and second during escape from Riften’s jails.

Proper Lock Design
Look for one in Cidhna Mine in Markath and second in shack above the ramparts at the top of Faldar’s Tooth.

Surfeit of Thieves
You will find one skill book in the wreck of the Winter War and second in Mistveil Keep, Riften – It is at the end table next to Jarl Laila Law-Giver’s end table.

The Locked Room
You will find one skill book at Highmoon Hall in Morthal and second within Animonculary’s vault in Alftrand.

The Wolf Queen, Volume 1
Look for one skill book in Dawnstar jail and second underneath the bar in Cragslane Cavern.

One-Handed Skill Books

These Skill Books increase One-Handed Skill.

Fire and Darkness
Look for one in Folgunthur and second in Esben’s room in the Ratway Warrens, Riften.

Mace Etiquette
One in Orotheim and second in Fort Greenwall.

Morning Star, Volume 1
Look for one in Driftshade Refuge and second in Lost Echo Cave.

Night Falls on Sentinel
You will find one in Bandit camp northwest of Helgen and second in Swindler’s Den during a sidequest.

The Importance of Where
Look for one skill book in a Markath guard tower and second in Chillfurrow Farm.

Warrior
You will find it in Driftshade Refuge.

Pickpocketing Skill Books

These Skill Books increase Pickpocket Skill.

Aevar Stone Singer
Look for one skill book in Thonnir’s house in Morthal and second in the last jail cell in lost Valkygg.

Beggar
You will find one skill book by the Ratway, at the table in room with Kajiit lowlife and second in Haelga’s bunkhouse in Riften.

Purloined Shadows
Look for one in Duskglow Crevice and second in Honorfall Orphanage in Riften.

Thief
Look for one skill book in Bleak Falls Temple, Swindler’s Den and second at the Argonian Assemblage in Windhelm.

Wulfmare’s Guide to Better Thieving
You will find one at the bottom of Fort Sunguard’s oubliette and second in Mara’s Eye Pond.

Restoration Skill Books

These Skill Books increase Restoration Skill.

Mystery of Talara, Volume 2
You will find one skill book in Eldergleam Sanctuary and second in Frostflow Lighthouse.

Racial Phylogeny
You will one skill book in Moorside Inn in Morthal and second at Corpselight Farm in Falkreath.

Rain’s Hand, Volume 4
Find one skill book in Falion’s house in Morthal and second in Hall of the Dead in Markath.

The Exodus
You will find one skill book in the Frozen Hearth in Winterhold and second at Stendarr’s Beacon.

Withershins
You will find one skill book at the end of Actwind Point and second in Temple of Kynarteh at Whiterun.

Smithing Skill Books

These Skill Books increase Smithing Skill.

Cherins’ Heart
You will find one skill book in Dawnstar’s Quicksilver mine and second in the forge room of Morvunskar.

Heavy Armor Forging
Look for one skill book in Silent Moons Camp and second in Gloombound Mine.

The Last Scabbard of Akrash
Find one skill book in Silver Hand camp in Gallows Rock and second skill book in the Armory of Fort Sunguard.

Light Armor Forging
Find one skill book in Lod’s house in Falkreath and second in Embershard Mine – it is on the lower level of the larger area to the west.

The Armorer’s Challenge
Find one skill book near the Smith’s forge at Mor Khazgur and second in Skyforge platform in Whiterun.

Sneak Skill Books

These Skill Books increase Sneak Skill.

Last Seed, Volume 8
Look for one skill book in Redoran’s Retreat and second in the room with Alain at Raldbthar.

Legend of Krately House
Find one skill book in the Black Briar Lodge and second in the cellar of the Nightgate Inn.

Sacred Witness
Look for one in an alchemy lab in Deepwood Vale and second in the Babette’s room in the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary.

The Red Kitchen Reader
Look for one skill book in the Frostmere Crypt and second in New Gnisis Cornerclub in Windhelm.

Three Thieves
Find one skill book in the room of rattles in Snow Veil Sanctum and second in Honningbrew Brewery’s alchemy lab.

Speech Skill Books

These Skill Books increase Speech Skill.

A Dance in Fire, Volume 6
Find one skill book in Meeko’s Shack and second in Dead Man’s Drink tavern at Falkreath.

A Dance in Fire, Volume 7
You will find one skill book in Arnleif and Sons Trading Company in Markath and second in Beggars’ Row in Riften.

Biography of the Wolf Queen
Look for one skill book in the Blue Palace in Solitude and second in Belthor’s General Goods at Whiterun.

Second Seed, Volume 5
Find one skill book in Sorli’s house in Stonehills and second in Sadri’s Used Wares in Windhelm.

The Buying Game
Find one skill book in Bards’ College and second in Shrine to Peyrite.

Two-Handed Skill Books

These Skill Books increase Two-Handed Skill.

Battle of Sancre Tor
Find one skill book in Dustman’s Cairn and second in Old Hroldan.

King
Look for one skill book in Bleakwind Bluff and second in Penitus Oculatist Outpost at Dragon Bridge.

Songs of Hrormir
You will find one skill book in Jorrvaskr Living Quarters and second in Jala’s house in Solitude.

The Legendary City of Sancre Tor
Look for one skill book in Ysgramor’s Tomb and second in Falkreath’s barracks.

Words and Philosophy
Find one skill book in the flooded cave of the Lost Knife Hideout and second in the Riften barracks.

If you can’t find any of these skill books, let us know in comments and we will try to help you out.

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