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For an alphabetical list of all books and texts, see list of books.
The typical interface that appears when reading a book. Some interfaces may appear slightly different, such as the title bar on the top being removed, or the bookmark in the centre missing.
A player reading a book.

Books are items obtained in quests and elsewhere in RuneScape. Most books can be read by players, which provides information ranging from lore to information on game mechanics.

When a player reads a book, their game screen will largely be covered by an interface displaying the contents of the book, and their character will be seen reading a green (sometimes yellow) book.

Books in bookcase[edit | edit source]

Bookcases are built in the Parlour, Quest Hall or Study of a player-owned house. All of the bookcases will contain the same books. Bookcases have the ability to save bank space, because they automatically store most books from previously completed quests and other miscellaneous books.

There are currently a total of 108 books that can be stored in a bookcase, and are stored in the following order:

Item name Name in bookcase Source
Construction guide.png Construction guide Guide to Construction Bookcase
Game book.png Game book Party Pete's Bumper Book of Games Bookcase
Security book.png Security book Account Security General store
Stronghold notes.png Stronghold notes Stronghold of Security - Notes Searching Solztun's corpse in the Stronghold of Security
Abyssal book.png Abyssal book Abyssal Research Notes Speaking to the Mage of Zamorak after completing Enter the Abyss
Gianne's cook book.png Gianne's cook book Gianne's Cook Book Speaking to Aluft Gianne snr.
Cocktail guide.png Cocktail guide The Blurberry Cocktail Guide Speaking to Blurberry
Queen help book.png Queen help book Queen Help (from Barbarian Assault) Select The Final Battle tutorial with Captain Cain at Barbarian Assault
Diary (Witch's House).png Diary Witch's Diary Witch's House quest
Instruction manual.png Instruction manual Dwarf Multicannon Manual Dwarf Cannon quest
Book on chemicals.png Book on chemicals Chemistry book from the Dig Site library The Dig Site quest
Battered book.png Battered book Book of the Elemental Shield Elemental Workshop I quest
Varmen's notes.png Varmen's notes Notes from Varmen's expedition to Uzer The Golem quest
Goblin symbol book.png Goblin symbol book A History of the Goblin Race The Lost Tribe quest
Translation.png Translation Four Diamonds translation Desert Treasure quest
Translation book.png Translation book Gnome-English Translation Dictionary The Grand Tree quest
Glough's journal.png Glough's journal Glough's Journal The Grand Tree quest
Journal (Horror from the Deep).png Journal Jossik's Diary (from the Lighthouse) Horror from the Deep quest
Diary (Horror from the Deep).png Diary Ancient Diary (from the Lighthouse) Horror from the Deep quest
Manual.png Manual Lighthouse Manual Horror from the Deep quest
Shamans tome.png Shamans tome Shaman's Tome Legends' Quest
Binding book.png Binding book Book of Binding Legends' Quest
Ghrim's book.png Ghrim's book Managing Thine Kingdom for Noobes Speaking to Advisor Ghrim after completing Throne of Miscellania
Astronomy book.png Astronomy book Astronomy Book Table in the building north of the Observatory
Old journal.png Old journal The Journal of Randas Underground Pass quest
History of iban.png History of iban The Tale of Iban Underground Pass quest
Big book of bangs.png Big book of bangs Big Book o' Bangs Regicide quest
Cadarn lineage.png Cadarn lineage The Cadarn Lineage Roving Elves quest
Crystal of seren.png Crystal of seren Crystal Singing for Beginners Speaking to Ilfeen after completing Roving Elves
Diary (Shades of Mort'ton).png Diary Diary of Herbi Flax Shades of Mort'ton quest
Book (Shield of Arrav).png Book The Shield of Arrav Shield of Arrav quest
Guide book.png Guide book Tourist Guide to Ardougne Table in the estate agent's building in East Ardougne
Book on baxtorian.png Book on baxtorian Book on Baxtorian (The Missing Relics) Waterfall Quest
Dwarven lore.png Dwarven lore The Arzinian Being of Bordanzan Between a Rock... quest
Embalming manual.png Embalming manual The Little Book of Embalming Icthlarin's Little Helper quest
Demonic tome.png Demonic tome The Confession of Ellemar Shadow of the Storm quest
Crumbling tome.png Crumbling tome Legend of the Brothers Table in the building just outside the Barrows
Book (Ratpits).png Book The Ratpits Manual Speaking to Felkrash after completing Ratcatchers
Edern's journal.png Edern's journal Journal of Nissyen Edern Mourning's Ends Part II quest
Prifddinas' history.png Prifddinas' history The Creation of Prifddinas Bookcases in Lletya
Eastern discovery.png Eastern discovery Exploration of the Eastern Realm Bookcases in Lletya
Eastern settlement.png Eastern settlement Settlement of the East Bookcases in Lletya
The great divide.png The great divide The Great Divide Bookcases in Lletya
Journal (Making History).png Journal Drozal's Journal Making History quest
Moonclan manual.png Moonclan manual Basics of Magic (from Lunar Isle) Baba Yaga's Magic Shop
Herman's book.png Herman's book Dionysius: A Legend in His Own Lifetime Herman's desk in the Piscatoris Fishing Colony
Pie recipe book.png Pie recipe book Pie Recipe Book Pie Shop
Book o' piracy.png Book o' piracy Book o' Piracy Cabin Fever quest
Brewin' guide.png Brewin' guide Brewin' Guide Trouble Brewing waiting lobby
Burnt diary.png Burnt diary Armod's Burnt Diary Royal Trouble quest
Arena book.png Arena book Mage Training Arena Lore Book Rewards Guardian
Sin'keth's diary.png Sin'keth's diary Sin'keth's journal What Lies Below quest
Dagon'hai history.png Dagon'hai history History of the Dagon'hai What Lies Below quest
Tarn's diary.png Tarn's diary The Diary of Tarn Razorlor The Lair of Tarn Razorlor miniquest
Bird book.png Bird book William Oddity's Guide to the Avian Eagles' Peak quest
Feathered journal.png Feathered journal Feathered Journal of Arthur Artimus Eagles' Peak quest
Farming manual.png Farming manual Farmer Gricoller's Farming Manual My Arm's Big Adventure quest
Prayer book.png Prayer book Prayer of Deliverance from Poisons The Great Brain Robbery quest
Beaten book.png Beaten book Book of the Elemental Helm Elemental Workshop II quest
A handwritten book.png A handwritten book Crystal Singing for Beginners (trans. Oaknock) The Eyes of Glouphrie quest
Battered tome.png Battered tome Histories of Hallowland In Aid of the Myreque quest
Leather book.png Leather book Modern Day Morytania In Aid of the Myreque quest
Ancient book.png Ancient book The Sleeping Seven In Aid of the Myreque quest
Clockwork book.png Clockwork book Clockwork Toys - A Clockwork Mechanism, Chapter 1.0 Cold War quest
Goblin book.png Goblin book The Book of the Big High War God Goblins
Barbarian skills.png Barbarian skills A record of Otto's instructions to me Barbarian Training
My notes.png My notes Records from my discoveries beneath the lake Barbarian Training
Explorer's notes.png Explorer's notes Memoirs of a Dwarven Explorer Keldagrim library
Glassblowing book.png Glassblowing book Glassblowing Book Table in the building north of the Observatory
Entomologist's diary.png Entomologist's diary Diary of Buggie the Entomologist Buggie's corpse in the Kalphite Cave
Ohn's diary.png Ohn's diary Ohn's Diary A crate east of High Priestess Zul-Harcinqa in Zul-Andra
Overseer's book.png Overseer's book Overseer's book Abyssal Nexus after having The Overseer create an abyssal bludgeon
Book of spyology.png Book of spyology Book of Spyology Monkey Madness II quest
Creature keeper's journal.png Creature keeper's journal Creature Keeper's Journal Searching the creature keeper in the Chambers of Xeric
Nistirio's manifesto.png Nistirio's manifesto Manifesto of Vasa Nistirio Defeating Vasa Nistirio
Tekton's journal.png Tekton's journal Tekton's journal Defeating Tekton
Transdimensional notes.png Transdimensional notes Notes on Transdimentional Travel Defeating Vespula
Vanguard judgement.png Vanguard judgement Judgement of the Vanguard Defeating the Vanguard
Dark journal.png Dark journal Dark journal Defeating the Great Olm
Houndmaster's diary.png Houndmaster's diary Houndmaster's Diary Defeating the muttadiles
Fossil island note book.png Fossil island note book Fossil Island Notebook Bone Voyage quest
Archaeologist's diary.png Archaeologist's diary The Diary of Charles Charlington Charles Charlington in the Tar Swamp
Ancient diary.png Ancient diary Ancient Diary Bottom floor of the House on the Hill
Varlamore envoy.png Varlamore envoy The Envoy to Varlamore The Depths of Despair quest
Aivas' diary.png Aivas' diary Diary of Aivas Dragon Slayer II quest
Malumac's journal.png Malumac's journal Malumac's Journal South-west corner of the Karamjan Temple
Ablenkian's escape.png Ablenkian's escape Ablenkian's Escape Myths' Guild Library
Imcandoria's fall.png Imcandoria's fall The Fall of Imcandoria Myths' Guild Library
Imafore's betrayal.png Imafore's betrayal Imafore's Betrayal Myths' Guild Library
Lutwidge and the moonfly.png Lutwidge and the moonfly Lutwidge and the Moonfly Myths' Guild Library
Serafina.png Serafina The Tale of Serafina Myths' Guild Library
The weeping.png The weeping The Weeping Myths' Guild Library
Old diary.png Old diary Old Diary A Taste of Hope quest, search the bed in Serafina's home
Serafina's diary.png Serafina's diary Serafina's Diary Grand bookshelves in Verzik Vitur's treasure vault
The butcher.png The butcher The Butcher Grand bookshelves in Verzik Vitur's treasure vault
Arachnids of vampyrium.png Arachnids of vampyrium Arachnids of Vampyrium Grand bookshelves in Verzik Vitur's treasure vault
The shadow realm.png The shadow realm The Shadow Realm Grand bookshelves in Verzik Vitur's treasure vault
The wild hunt.png The wild hunt The Wild Hunt Grand bookshelves in Verzik Vitur's treasure vault
Verzik vitur - patient record.png Verzik vitur - patient record Verzik Vitur - Patient Record Grand bookshelves in Verzik Vitur's treasure vault
Weiss fire notes.png Weiss fire notes Odd Mushroom's Notes Given by Snowflake during Making Friends with My Arm
Collection log.png Collection log Collection Log Given by The Collector
Gielinor's flora - flowers.png Gielinor's flora - flowers Gielinor's Flora - Flowers Crate near the flower patch in the east wing of the Farming Guild
Gielinor's flora - bushes.png Gielinor's flora - bushes Gielinor's Flora - Bushes Shelf next to Allanna in the Farming Guild
Gielinor's flora - hops.png Gielinor's flora - hops Gielinor's Flora - Hops Southernmost shelf next to Garden supplier in the Farming Guild
Gielinor's flora - allotments.png Gielinor's flora - allotments Gielinor's Flora - Allotments Northernmost shelf next to Garden supplier in the Farming Guild
Gielinor's flora - herbs.png Gielinor's flora - herbs Gielinor's Flora - Herbs Crate near the tree patch in the west wing of the Farming Guild
Gielinor's flora - trees.png Gielinor's flora - trees Gielinor's Flora - Trees Crate near the anima patch in the west wing of the Farming Guild
Gielinor's flora - fruit.png Gielinor's flora - fruit Gielinor's Flora - Fruit Crate near the Celastrus patch in the north wing of the Farming Guild

Inventory-only books[edit | edit source]

Having these books in your inventory, and using them on the bookcase gives this message: There doesn't seem to be space for that on the bookcase.

Missing books[edit | edit source]

Some books obtained during certain quests do not appear in the bookcase:

Unreadable books[edit | edit source]

Some books are unreadable and cannot be taken in the inventory. Some examples follow:

  • From Wizards' Tower library, ground floor. Upon searching the bookcase: There's a large selection of books, the majority of which look fairly old. Some very strange names... You pick one at random:
    • The Life & Times of a Thingummywut by Traiborn the Wizard
    • Wind Strike for Beginners
    • Life With a Wizard Husband ~ a Housewife's Story
    • The Dark Arts of Magical Wands
    • So You Think You're a Mage? Volume 28
    • Fire, Earth and Water ~ What's it all About?
    • How to become the Ultimate Wizard of the Universe
    • 101 Ways to Impress Your Mates with Magic
      Interesting... - Only the titles of the books are mentioned, and the books have no image and cannot be read.
  • There are 2 stacks of books outside Nickolaus' tent in the Hunter Woodland area north-west of Eagles' Peak. Upon examining: These books stacked very neatly.