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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, an interface will appear to display the book's contents, 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 147 books that can be stored in a bookcase, and are stored in the following order:

Item name Name in bookcase Source
Construction guide inventory image Construction guide Guide to Construction Bookcase
Game book inventory image Game book Party Pete's Bumper Book of Games Bookcase
Security book inventory image Security book Account Security General store
Stronghold notes inventory image Stronghold notes Stronghold of Security - Notes Searching Solztun's corpse in the Stronghold of Security
Abyssal book inventory image Abyssal book Abyssal Research Notes Speaking to the Mage of Zamorak after completing Enter the Abyss
Gianne's cook book inventory image Gianne's cook book Gianne's Cook Book Speaking to Aluft Gianne snr.
Cocktail guide inventory image Cocktail guide The Blurberry Cocktail Guide Speaking to Blurberry
Queen help book inventory image Queen help book Queen Help (from Barbarian Assault) Select The Final Battle tutorial with Captain Cain at Barbarian Assault
Diary (Witch's House) inventory image Diary Witch's Diary Witch's House quest
Instruction manual inventory image Instruction manual Dwarf Multicannon Manual Dwarf Cannon quest
Book on chemicals inventory image Book on chemicals Chemistry book from the Dig Site library The Dig Site quest
Battered book inventory image Battered book Book of the Elemental Shield Elemental Workshop I quest
Varmen's notes inventory image Varmen's notes Notes from Varmen's expedition to Uzer The Golem quest
Goblin symbol book inventory image Goblin symbol book A History of the Goblin Race The Lost Tribe quest
Translation inventory image Translation Four Diamonds translation Desert Treasure quest
Translation book inventory image Translation book Gnome-English Translation Dictionary The Grand Tree quest
Glough's journal inventory image Glough's journal Glough's Journal The Grand Tree quest
Journal (Horror from the Deep) inventory image Journal Jossik's Diary (from the Lighthouse) Horror from the Deep quest
Diary (Horror from the Deep) inventory image Diary Ancient Diary (from the Lighthouse) Horror from the Deep quest
Manual inventory image Manual Lighthouse Manual Horror from the Deep quest
Shaman's tome inventory image Shaman's tome Shaman's Tome Legends' Quest
Binding book inventory image Binding book Book of Binding Legends' Quest
Ghrim's book inventory image Ghrim's book Managing Thine Kingdom for Noobes Speaking to Advisor Ghrim after completing Throne of Miscellania
Astronomy book inventory image Astronomy book Astronomy Book Table in the building north of the Observatory
Old journal inventory image Old journal The Journal of Randas Underground Pass quest
History of iban inventory image History of iban The Tale of Iban Underground Pass quest
Big book of bangs inventory image Big book of bangs Big Book o' Bangs Regicide quest
Cadarn lineage inventory image Cadarn lineage The Cadarn Lineage Roving Elves quest
Crystal singing for beginners inventory image Crystal singing for beginners Crystal Singing for Beginners Speaking to Ilfeen after completing Roving Elves
Diary (Shades of Mort'ton) inventory image Diary Diary of Herbi Flax Shades of Mort'ton quest
Book (Shield of Arrav) inventory image Book The Shield of Arrav Shield of Arrav quest
Guide book inventory image Guide book Tourist Guide to Ardougne Table in the estate agent's building in East Ardougne
Book on baxtorian inventory image Book on baxtorian Book on Baxtorian (The Missing Relics) Waterfall Quest
Dwarven lore inventory image Dwarven lore The Arzinian Being of Bordanzan Between a Rock... quest
Embalming manual inventory image Embalming manual The Little Book of Embalming Icthlarin's Little Helper quest
Demonic tome inventory image Demonic tome The Confession of Ellemar Shadow of the Storm quest
Crumbling tome inventory image Crumbling tome Legend of the Brothers Table in the building just outside the Barrows
Book (Ratpits) inventory image Book The Ratpits Manual Speaking to Felkrash after completing Ratcatchers
Edern's journal inventory image Edern's journal Journal of Nissyen Edern Mourning's End Part II quest
Prifddinas' history inventory image Prifddinas' history The Creation of Prifddinas Bookcases in Lletya
Eastern discovery inventory image Eastern discovery The Exploration of the Eastern Realm Bookcases in Lletya
Eastern settlement inventory image Eastern settlement The Settlement of the East Bookcases in Lletya
The great divide inventory image The great divide The Great Divide Bookcases in Lletya
Journal (Making History) inventory image Journal Drozal's Journal Making History quest
Moonclan manual inventory image Moonclan manual Basics of Magic (from Lunar Isle) Baba Yaga's Magic Shop
Herman's book inventory image Herman's book Dionysius: A Legend in His Own Lifetime Herman's desk in the Piscatoris Fishing Colony
Pie recipe book inventory image Pie recipe book Pie Recipe Book Pie Shop
Book o' piracy inventory image Book o' piracy Book o' Piracy Cabin Fever quest
Brewin' guide inventory image Brewin' guide Brewin' Guide Trouble Brewing waiting lobby
Burnt diary inventory image Burnt diary Armod's Burnt Diary Royal Trouble quest
Arena book inventory image Arena book Magic Training Arena Lore Book Rewards Guardian
Sin'keth's diary inventory image Sin'keth's diary Sin'keths journal What Lies Below quest
Dagon'hai history inventory image Dagon'hai history History of the Dagon'hai What Lies Below quest
Tarn's diary inventory image Tarn's diary The Diary of Tarn Razorlor The Lair of Tarn Razorlor miniquest
Bird book inventory image Bird book William Oddity's Guide to the Avian Eagles' Peak quest
Feathered journal inventory image Feathered journal Feathered Journal of Arthur Artimus Eagles' Peak quest
Farming manual inventory image Farming manual Farmer Gricoller's Farming Manual My Arm's Big Adventure quest
Prayer book inventory image Prayer book Prayer of Deliverance from Poisons The Great Brain Robbery quest
Beaten book inventory image Beaten book Book of the Elemental Helm Elemental Workshop II quest
A handwritten book inventory image A handwritten book Crystal Singing for Beginners (trans. Oaknock) The Eyes of Glouphrie quest
Histories of the hallowland inventory image Histories of the hallowland Histories of Hallowland In Aid of the Myreque quest
Modern day morytania inventory image Modern day morytania Modern Day Morytania In Aid of the Myreque quest
The sleeping seven inventory image The sleeping seven The Sleeping Seven In Aid of the Myreque quest
Clockwork book inventory image Clockwork book Clockwork Toys - A Clockwork Mechanism, Chapter 1.0 Cold War quest
Goblin book inventory image Goblin book The Book of the Big High War God Goblins
Barbarian skills inventory image Barbarian skills A record of Otto's instructions to me Barbarian Training
My notes inventory image My notes Records from my discoveries beneath the lake Barbarian Training
Explorer's notes inventory image Explorer's notes Memoirs of a Dwarven Explorer Keldagrim library
Glassblowing book inventory image Glassblowing book Glassblowing Book Table in the building north of the Observatory
Entomologist's diary inventory image Entomologist's diary Diary of Buggie the Entomologist Buggie's corpse in the Kalphite Cave
Ohn's diary inventory image Ohn's diary Ohn's Diary A crate east of High Priestess Zul-Harcinqa in Zul-Andra
Overseer's book inventory image Overseer's book Overseer's book Abyssal Nexus after having The Overseer create an abyssal bludgeon
Book of spyology inventory image Book of spyology Book of Spyology Monkey Madness II quest
Creature keeper's journal inventory image Creature keeper's journal Creature Keeper's Journal Searching the creature keeper in the Chambers of Xeric
Nistirio's manifesto inventory image Nistirio's manifesto Manifesto of Vasa Nistirio Defeating Vasa Nistirio
Tekton's journal inventory image Tekton's journal Tekton's journal Defeating Tekton
Transdimensional notes inventory image Transdimensional notes Notes on Transdimentional Travel Defeating Vespula
Vanguard judgement inventory image Vanguard judgement Judgement of the Vanguard Defeating the Vanguard
Dark journal inventory image Dark journal Dark journal Defeating the Great Olm
Houndmaster's diary inventory image Houndmaster's diary Houndmaster's Diary Defeating the muttadiles
Fossil island note book inventory image Fossil island note book Fossil Island Notebook Bone Voyage quest
Archaeologist's diary inventory image Archaeologist's diary The Diary of Charles Charlington Charles Charlington in the Tar Swamp
Ancient diary inventory image Ancient diary Ancient Diary Bottom floor of the House on the Hill
Varlamore envoy inventory image Varlamore envoy The Envoy to Varlamore The Depths of Despair quest
Aivas' diary inventory image Aivas' diary Diary of Aivas Dragon Slayer II quest
Malumac's journal inventory image Malumac's journal Malumac's Journal South-west corner of the Karamjan Temple
Ungael lab notes inventory image Ungael lab notes Ungael Lab Notes Combined via old notes in the laboratory under Ungael
Lithkren vault notes inventory image Lithkren vault notes Lithkren Vault Notes Combined via old notes in the Lithkren Vault
Ablenkian's escape inventory image Ablenkian's escape Ablenkian's Escape Myths' Guild Library
Imcandoria's fall inventory image Imcandoria's fall The Fall of Imcandoria Myths' Guild Library
Imafore's betrayal inventory image Imafore's betrayal Imafore's Betrayal Myths' Guild Library
Lutwidge and the moonfly inventory image Lutwidge and the moonfly Lutwidge and the Moonfly Myths' Guild Library
Serafina inventory image Serafina The Tale of Serafina Myths' Guild Library
The weeping inventory image The weeping The Weeping Myths' Guild Library
Old diary inventory image Old diary Old Diary A Taste of Hope quest, search the bed in Serafina's home
Serafina's diary inventory image Serafina's diary Serafina's Diary Defeating The Maiden of Sugadinti, or searching the grand bookshelf in Verzik Vitur's treasure vault
The butcher inventory image The butcher The Butcher Defeating the Pestilent Bloat, or searching the grand bookshelf in Verzik Vitur's treasure vault
Arachnids of vampyrium inventory image Arachnids of vampyrium Arachnids of Vampyrium Defeating the nylocas hordes, or searching the grand bookshelf in Verzik Vitur's treasure vault
The shadow realm inventory image The shadow realm The Shadow Realm Defeating Sotetseg, or searching the grand bookshelf in Verzik Vitur's treasure vault
The wild hunt inventory image The wild hunt The Wild Hunt Defeating Xarpus, or searching the grand bookshelf in Verzik Vitur's treasure vault
Verzik vitur - patient record inventory image Verzik vitur - patient record Verzik Vitur - Patient Record Defeating Verzik Vitur, or searching the grand bookshelf in her treasure vault
Weiss fire notes inventory image Weiss fire notes Odd Mushroom's Notes Given by Snowflake during Making Friends with My Arm
Collection log inventory image Collection log Collection Log Given by The Collector
Gielinor's flora - flowers inventory image 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 inventory image Gielinor's flora - bushes Gielinor's Flora - Bushes Shelf next to Allanna in the Farming Guild
Gielinor's flora - hops inventory image Gielinor's flora - hops Gielinor's Flora - Hops Southernmost shelf next to Garden supplier in the Farming Guild
Gielinor's flora - allotments inventory image Gielinor's flora - allotments Gielinor's Flora - Allotments Northernmost shelf next to Garden supplier in the Farming Guild
Gielinor's flora - herbs inventory image 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 inventory image 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 inventory image Gielinor's flora - fruit Gielinor's Flora - Fruit Crate near the Celastrus patch in the north wing of the Farming Guild
Tome of the sun inventory image Tome of the sun Tome of the Sun Forthos Dungeon Temple Library
Tome of the moon inventory image Tome of the moon Tome of the Moon Forthos Dungeon Temple Library
Tome of the temple inventory image Tome of the temple Tome of the Temple Forthos Dungeon Temple Library
Ode to eternity inventory image Ode to eternity Ode to Eternity Grand Library
Crazed scribbles inventory image Crazed scribbles Crazed Scribbles Grand Library
A dear friend inventory image A dear friend A Dear Friend Grand Library
On leprechauns inventory image On leprechauns On Leprechauns Grand Library
Bloody diary inventory image Bloody diary Bloody Diary Grand Library
The eight clans inventory image The eight clans The Eight Clans Grand Library
Gollwyn's final statement inventory image Gollwyn's final statement Gollwyn's Final Statement Grand Library
Niff & harry inventory image Niff & harry Niff & Harry Grand Library
Soggy journal inventory image Soggy journal Soggy Journal Grand Library
Ebrill's journal inventory image Ebrill's journal Ebrill's Journal Grand Library
Stained journal inventory image Stained journal Stained Journal Grand Library
The truth behind the myth (excerpt) inventory image The truth behind the myth (excerpt) The Truth Behind the Myth (Excerpt) Grand Library
The living statues inventory image The living statues The Living Statues Grand Library
The spurned demon inventory image The spurned demon The Spurned Demon Grand Library
Legends of the mountain inventory image Legends of the mountain Legends of the Mountain Grand Library
Harmony inventory image Harmony Harmony Grand Library
Ballad of the basilisk inventory image Ballad of the basilisk Ballad of the Basilisk Boxes just north of the Rellekka Longhall Bar
A taste of hope (book) inventory image A taste of hope A Taste of Hope Lady Nadezhda Shadum's house in Darkmeyer
Strange hallowed tome inventory image Strange hallowed tome Strange Hallowed Tome Skeleton in the Hallowed Sepulchre lobby
Neilan's journal inventory image Neilan's journal Neilan's Journal Getting Ahead quest
Soul wars guide inventory image Soul wars guide Soul Wars Guide Soul Wars tutorial
Tree wizards' journal inventory image Tree wizards' journal Tree Wizards' Journal Shades of Mor'ton minigame
Bloody notes inventory image Bloody notes Bloody Notes Shades of Mor'ton minigame
The desert trout - ship's log inventory image The desert trout - ship's log The Desert Trout - Ship's Log Book table at Ruins of Unkah
Spirit anglers research notes inventory image Spirit anglers research notes Spirit Anglers Research Notes Book table at Ruins of Unkah
Mount karuulm diary inventory image Mount karuulm diary Mount Karuulm Diary Combined via old notes in the Karuulm Slayer Dungeon
Atlax's diary inventory image Atlax's diary Atlax's Diary May be received from the Rewards Guardian after a game of Guardians of the Rift
Akila's journal inventory image Akila's journal Akila's Journal From Maisa during Into the Tombs
Het's capture inventory image Het's capture Het's Capture Defeating Akkha in the Tombs of Amascut
Apmeken's capture inventory image Apmeken's capture Apmeken's Capture Defeating Ba-Ba in the Tombs of Amascut
Scabaras' capture inventory image Scabaras' capture Scabaras' Capture Defeating Kephri in the Tombs of Amascut
Crondis' capture inventory image Crondis' capture Crondis' Capture Defeating Zebak in the Tombs of Amascut
The wardens inventory image The wardens The Wardens Defeating Tumeken's Warden and Elidinis' Warden in the Tombs of Amascut
The jackal's torch inventory image The jackal's torch The Jackal's Torch Searching the bags in the western end of Osmumten's burial chamber

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.