I'm an avid book collector, and I was wondering what house has the most bookshelves in Skyrim. I currently only own the Whiterun house, which has 2 bookshelves of 2 shelves each.

Is there a house I could buy that has more bookshelves?


Since not all bookshelves hold the same number of books, I'm looking for the house that has the most spaces on bookshelves for books, not necessarily the most bookshelves


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Windhelm House has in fact 12 shelves, each capable of holding 11 books.
There are 4 bookshelves (with 2 shelves each) and 1 taller bookshelf (with 4 shelves) with a total of 12 shelves, the house can hold 132 books.

I just bought that house in order to get the Windhelm Home Decorating Guide book.

Detailed Info:

Alright, I own 4 houses in Skyrim, so here I'm listing the houses and their book space numbers (only interactive bookshelves).

  • Whiterun's Breezehome: 58 books;
    Livingroom — 1 bookshelf with 2 shelves (18+18),
    Alchemy Lab — 1 bookshelf with 2 shelves (11+11).

  • Riften's Honeyside: 72 books;
    Bedroom — 1 bookshelf with 2 shelves (18+18),
    Basement — 1 bookshelf with 2 shelves (18+18).

  • Windhelm's Hjerim: 132 books;
    By the stairs — 1 bookshelf with 2 shelves (11+11),
    Secret Room — 1 bookshelf with 2 shelves (11+11),
    Kitchen — 1 bookshelf with 2 shelves (11+11),
    Armory — 1 bookshelf with 2 shelves (11+11),
    Bedroom — 1 bookshelf with 4 shelves (11+11+11+11).

  • Markarth's Vlindrel Hall: 162 books;
    In front of Alchemy Lab — 3 bookshelves with 3 shelves each (18+18+18 + 18+18+18 + 18+18+18).

  • Solitude's Proudspire Manor: 132 books;
    I haven't bought the house yet, but I will when I have the money. In the meantime according to Ricky, the house has 6 bookshelves with 2 shelves each (11×6×2).

That's it.

  • As a side note, I love the Marketh house which has the book shelves all together in their own little corner :)
    – Rachel
    Commented Dec 18, 2011 at 2:37
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    ...Why is this two separate answers? It should be an update to a single answer. Commented Jul 22, 2013 at 22:27

As far as I know there are 343 Common/Skill Books in Skyrim (there are absolutely more, these are just the ones I know of). Not even counting the Journals and Miscellaneous logs which I know of (50). And counting the Spell Tomes I know of (89, and yes, I personally would love to have a collection of those too), there is an approximate total of 482 books in the whole game (surely more).

I have the house in Markarth which has 3 bookshelves with 3 shelves each, each one of those bookshelves can house a total of 54 books, so in total the house can have 162 books in display, this is the house with the most space for books (not counting the fact that you can save books in chests but thats not the point here).

So, in the end you are going to need some House mods when the creation kit comes out. I just hope you got the PC version, because when the kit comes out I will look forward to a "library in your house" mod.

P.S. I have the complete list of books I have knowledge of, if you want it feel free to send me an email (I put it as my website in my profile).


Installation of the Hearthfire DLC means that Vlindrel hall is no longer the optimum house for your master book hoarder.

The ideal construction options for building a house to maximise the storage of books:

  • Small House / Porch: 0 Books
  • Main Hall:
    • 1 × Large Bookcase (54 books) = 54 books
  • East Wing - Library:
    • 4 × Small Bookcase (22 books each) = 88 books
    • 5 × Medium Bookcase (44 books each) = 220 books
  • West Wing - Any Option: 0 Books
  • North Wing - Any Option: 0 Books

This means that a single Heathfire homestead can accommodate 362 books on shelves - more than double the capacity of the houses in the base game.

Unfortunately, this means that using the numbers in Mars' answer this huge capacity still isn't enough to collect every book in the game.


I haven't seen the house in Windhelm due to a bug keeping me from buying it, but I know the house in Markarth (8000g) has 3 bookshelves with 3 shelves each, capable of holding 18 books per shelf. It seems to be the one with the most bookshelves. But, I can't remember how many were in the house in Solitude...

  • There are 3 in Solitude's Proudspire Manor (uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Proudspire_Manor). I'm not sure how many shelves they have apiece.
    – brymck
    Commented Nov 21, 2011 at 9:27
  • Solitude's house has 6 bookshelves with 2 shelves each. 11 X 6 X 2 = 132 books for shelving.
    – user15214
    Commented Nov 24, 2011 at 16:02
  • cant you just kill everyone instead of using up money?
    – PianoCat98
    Commented Jun 18 at 14:13

Windhelm has the most bookcases with 12. Although you either have to be on the stormcloak side and have gotten to the Fort Neugrad mission or have defeated the stormcloaks on the imperial side in order to buy it.



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