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"A mage is only as good as what he knows."
―Urag gro-Shub

The Arcanaeum serves as the library for the College of Winterhold in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and is overseen by Urag gro-Shub. It houses over 100 books, and hardly any of them are doubles. Books can be read, but not removed from the library.

The most current knowledge suggests that the locked bookshelves do not have a key, nor can the lock be picked. However, they can be unlocked using the console command "unlock", selecting the bookcase within the command console to get the code, then typing it in. These seem to contain the same books that are already available around the library, though.

There is also an "Investigators chest" with a master lock, it contains four ornamental rings (with the names of their owners) of no value. These are needed for a Daedra summoning ritual in the Midden Dark.

If the Dragonborn has the Elder Scroll, it can be given to Urag gro-Shub. Whenever it is given, there is no way the player can retrieve it again until Dawnguard.

In The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard, the Elder Scroll may be re-purchased, as part of the main quest, for 4000 GoldIcon (2000 GoldIcon if the Dragonborn is the Arch-Mage).


The books inside the Arcanaeum were made after the Second Era. Most of them are old, but well-preserved, because of Urag gro-Shub. Without him, it is likely that some of the books would no longer exist. Through the centuries, many books have come and gone, but many still remain. Urag tries to keep as much knowledge available to the mages as he can and takes his job very seriously.[1]

There are several skill books to be found within the Arcanaeum:

Notable collections and textsEdit


On the shelves, tables, and floorEdit

For saleEdit



  1. Dialogue with Urag gro-Shub

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