Arceuus Library

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This article is about the library in Great Kourend. For other libraries, see Library.

The Arceuus Library, also known as the Grand Library, is a large library found in Arceuus. Created during the attack of the Wintertodt (known then as the Winter Beast) 1,360 years ago, its construction was ordered by Lord Arceuus I, who requested all citizens submit writing, texts, documents and research from all cities in order to preserve the history of Great Kourend. Meanwhile, the most important historical documents were stored in the Library Historical Archive, a repurposed chamber of the Tower of Magic, for further study and additional protection. Players can access the Archive by speaking to Archeio on the ground floor.

Gaining favour[edit | edit source]

The Library is the location in which players gain favour with Arceuus by speaking to either Sam, Professor Gracklebone or Villia to search bookcases for books or scrolls around the library for them. Finding the correct asked for text, it will result in 2.5% favour gained and a book of arcane knowledge.

Once players reach 20% favour, they may speak to Horphis, an Arceuus resident who requires help looking for dark manuscripts. Each of these manuscripts that are given to him will grant players 5% favour and a book of arcane knowledge.

The locations of the books and manuscripts can be extremely narrowed down by speaking to Biblia on the top floor, who will narrow the location of the text the player is looking for down to the floor level and the section of the floor where a requested book is located.

While the location of the books vary between worlds, the location of the dark manuscripts vary between players, and the locations of both are reset after 80–100 minutes. Note that if a player is required to find either of the books Transportation Incantations or Soul journey, it is recommended to read them, as doing so will unlock the Kourend Castle Teleport spell and start the Bear your Soul miniquest respectively.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

It is recommended to have light-weight/weight-reducing clothing such as the graceful outfit, or multiple stamina potions. It is highly recommended that players speak to Biblia on the top floor to be told which room the requested book is located. The official world for group Kourend activity is World 310. Sharing book locations with other players is also recommended.

You may collect books other than those currently being requested to be more quickly prepared for future requests. The drop trick does not work and you cannot bank the books. After you give a book to a customer, it is recommended to return to the same location and get another copy of the book, in case it is requested again. If you choose not to do this, however, and the same book is requested before the location change, the book will still be found at the same location. Around every 80–100 minutes, all of the locations of books and manuscripts change.

The quickest way to gain favour and experience is to coordinate with other players on finding books by sharing locations and collecting even the books you do not yet need. Players who do not want help from other players should go to a world with few players to increase the time between location resets, and take note of the locations of books. With few players online, the locations may stay the same for over an hour. If you wish neither to share book locations with other players nor to write down/memorise book locations, it is faster to search for dark manuscripts after 20% favour. However, manuscripts are more difficult to coordinate upon.

After reaching 20% favour, players can start helping Horphis in addition to finding books for customers. Horphis is a dark wizard interested in finding dark manuscripts. However, unlike books, you may only find the dark manuscript assigned to you. Biblia on the top floor will tell you which room the manuscript is in. Each time you collect a manuscript, a new room is randomly chosen to hold the next dark manuscript assigned to you. Although the new room is chosen randomly, the manuscripts, like the books, have pre-set locations in each room (max 2 per room), so it is likely that two players randomly assigned the same room will have the same manuscript location. Additionally, you do not need to return to Horphis before you are able to collect additional manuscripts, so if you are already on the top floor after finding a manuscript, a good strategy is to immediately talk to Biblia to find the location of your next dark manuscript. Horphis will collect all manuscripts in your inventory at once and return an equal number of skill books when you speak to him.

You can use the Arceuus Library Books Calculator to determine how many books are needed to reach a target level or XP.

List of texts in the Arceuus Library[edit | edit source]

Image Title Also known as Author
Byrne's coronation speech.png Byrne's coronation speech Speech of King Byrne I
Eathram & rada extract.png Eathram & rada extract An extract from Eathram & Rada Anonymous
Hosidius letter.png Hosidius letter A letter from Lord Hosidius to the Council of Elders Lord Hosidius IV
Ideology of darkness.png Ideology of darkness The Ideology of Darkness Philophaire
Killing of a king.png Killing of a king Killing of a King Griselle
Rada's census.png Rada's census Census of King Rada III Matthias Vorseth
Rada's journey.png Rada's journey The Journey of Rada Griselle
Ricktor's diary (7).png Ricktor's diary (7) Diary of Steklan Ricktor, volume 7 Steklan Ricktor
Soul journey.png Soul journey The Journey of Souls Aretha
Transportation incantations.png Transportation incantations Transportation Incantations Amon Ducot
Transvergence theory.png Transvergence theory The Theory of Transvergence Amon Ducot
Treachery of royalty.png Treachery of royalty The Treachery of Royalty Professor Answith
Tristessa's tragedy.png Tristessa's tragedy The Tragedy of Tristessa
Twill accord.png Twill accord The Royal Accord of Twill
Varlamore envoy.png Varlamore envoy The Envoy to Varlamore Deryk Paulson
Wintertodt parable.png Wintertodt parable The Parable of the Wintertodt Anonymous

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • On the day of release, the experience reward for books of arcane knowledge was significantly nerfed because the sheer number of people searching for books made helping and location-calling extremely easy, and helping customers granted exceptional Runecraft experience.
  • On the day of release, mithril seeds were used to mark the locations of books, but this became less effective as crowds thinned out over time.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Chronicles of Xeric, "Library Historical Archive", Old School RuneScape. "The Grand Library of Great Kourend has verified and collated the following extracts from various historical texts"