When googling this question, I only found forum arguments about this as well as approximate guesses.

So I'm now looking for more accurate answer: At which level of each magic skill do spell books of each tier become available at their respective merchants?

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To quote UESP:

Most spell tomes can be purchased from merchants. Novice- and apprentice-level spell tomes can be purchased from the regular spell vendors found in each of Skyrim's cities. Also, adept- and expert-level spell tomes only appear in the mage's merchandise when your magic skill is high enough (40 for Adept and 65 for Expert spells). After reaching the required skill level, you must wait for the mage's merchandise to be reset (typically two days in-game), or, save, then attack the merchant and reload, before the new tomes will appear. Master-level spell tomes can only be acquired once that school's ritual spell quest has been completed.

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    Another way that is never mentioned on reloading the merchandise, is to quit the game entirely and restart/reload it.
    – Mixxiphoid
    Feb 6, 2017 at 5:56
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    TLDR: It's not your level, it's your skill in the appropriate school of magic. 40 for Adept spells, and 65 for Expert.
    – DCShannon
    Feb 7, 2017 at 21:48

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