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I've found a whole lot of libraries to 'borrow' from, but I'm not sure which books are worth stea..borrowing. Where can I find a list of books that increase skills when they are read? Preferably with their locations.

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The wikia has a tiny list, which I assume will be populated as books are found. elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Skill_Book_(Skyrim) –  Arkive Nov 11 '11 at 17:38
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Also, you can read skill books without stealing them, unless of course you wish to 'borrow' them for your own library. –  Arkive Nov 11 '11 at 17:40
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Of course I would never steal a book, just borrow them and move them to my own residence until the owner asks for them back. –  Rapida Nov 11 '11 at 17:42

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For books in you inventory (or laying face up):

Books that increase a skill have that skill's icon on the cover

The full list of books including their locations can be found on the Skyrim wiki

Below is an except:

Lockpicking

  • Advances in Lockpicking
  • Proper Lock Design
  • Surfeit of Thieves
  • The Locked Room
  • The Wolf Queen, v1

One Handed

  • 2920, Morning Star, v1
  • Fire and Darkness
  • Mace Etiquette
  • Night Falls on Sentinel
  • The Importance of Where

Pickpocket

  • Aevar Stone-Singer
  • Beggar
  • Guide to Better Thieving
  • Purloined Shadows
  • Thief

Restoration

  • 2920, Rain's Hand, v4
  • Mystery of Talara, v 2
  • Racial Phylogeny
  • The Exodus
  • Withershins

Smithing

  • Cherim's Heart of Anequina
  • Heavy Armor Forging
  • Light Armor Forging
  • The Armorer's Challenge
  • The Last Scabbard of Akrash

Sneak

  • 2920, Last Seed, v8
  • Legend of Krately House
  • Sacred Witness
  • The Red Kitchen Reader
  • Three Thieves

Speech

  • 2920, Second Seed, v5
  • A Dance in Fire, v6
  • A Dance in Fire, v7
  • Biography of the Wolf Queen
  • The Buying Game

Twohanded

  • Battle of Sancre Tor
  • King
  • Song of Hrormir
  • The Legendary City of Sancre Tor
  • Words and Philosophy

Multiple Skills

  • Oghma Infinium
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If the value is about 2 to 15 gold, ignore it.

If it is worth 50-70 gold, then read it - it's a skill book.

This does not take into account a few books that give you quests.

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Here is a website with all of the skill books listed by skill.

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