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New look for TIL

A new look is in the works for The Imperial Library. The new theme will be a lot more structured and quite a bit more pleasing to the eye, so that the Library can feel like a library again. Also slated are some more up-to-date looking discussion boards.

In time, the new look will become the default setting for first-time visitors, but while we are still ironing out the kinks, registered members can take a sneak peek by selecting the new theme in their profile settings.


The new theme is now live!

The Elder Scrolls Online Website

The Elder Scrolls Online unveiled their official website this week. On it you can find all-new information about the factions and their leaders, the game's storyline, and new concept art.

TIL Spotlight

The Imperial Library was recently interviewed as part of Elder Scrolls Online's fansite spotlight series. Head over to their facebook page to check it out.

Introduction to the Lore of The Elder Scrolls Online

The official Elder Scrolls Online facebook page has posted an article outlining the history and current events behind the game. It provides details about the political workings of Tamriel in the 2E 280s, and hints at some of the metaphysics behind Bal's invasion. 

Dawnguard Books and Developer Quotes

Couple new things in the library today. First up, all of the Dawnguard books have been uploaded, including pictures and foreign text. Most pertain directly to quests and locations in that DLC, but there are a few Falmer books worth checking out: 

  • The Betrayed - a poem about the fall of the Snow Prince and the Falmer civilization
  • Touching the Sky - details the pilgrimage to the Inner Sanctum undertaken by some Falmer
  • Diary of Faire Agarwen - the Falmer in exile, and an interesting dating system.

The Aetherium Wars and Katria's Journal are likewise worth reading. Combined, they give us some interesting new information on Dwemer history and culture. 

I've also updated the forum archive's developer quotes section. Kurt Kuhlmann received his own page, and a couple quotes from Shane Liesegang (SJML) have been added to the general section. A few pieces were added a little while back, but never announced, namely Michael Kirkbride's celebration of Morrowind's 10th anniversary. Check out the true(?) story of Nerevar's murder, and a netchiman's son's view of Velothi culture.


The Elder Scrolls Treasury Updated

Long time ES fan and former Librarian Zeph, has been working on an update to the Elder Scrolls Treasury!


The Elder Scrolls Treasury is compilation of all books, names and encyclopaedic facts about the Elder Scrolls all wrapped up in a collection of handy PDF files for off-line viewing. The work comes in several parts. The first of which is the Corpus Tamrielicum, a collection of all the official books from all games up to Oblivion. Zeph promised to finish the books from Skyrim and next part of the Treasury, the New Encyclopedia Tamrielica, in the not so distant future.


Enjoy reading!


I've added some new features, which are actually not really new, but to understand why I'm happy with them anyway I have to explain a few things first. If you don't want to read all that, just click TES Game Books on the left and see what happens.

Skyrim Books Finished

All Skyrim books are now available in the Skyrim Books section, complete with fancy fonts, graphics, and annotations. There are over 600 in all, making Skyrim the biggest game yet in terms of books. 

Skyrim Books On-the-Go

An avid Skyrim book fan named Capaneus has created an e-reader version of all of the Skyrim books.  Now you can access those wonderful texts from your Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, et cetera. Head on over to and download it now.  And be sure to thank Capaneus.


And even more books on-the-go from Spilth at the Arcanaeum by means of a fairly lightweight webpage.

Reading a Video Game: The Books of Skyrim

“One thing that people may not realize is that the books are written by a large number of people—the designers write the majority of them, simply because that’s part of our job description, but there are a lot of good writers on the team outside of the design department who have contributed books to Skyrim. I think the wide range of writers helps make the books themselves feel more real—you get a greater variety of voices, styles, etc.”

-Kurt Kuhlmann


Here's an excellent article, written by Dan Crabtree at Paste Magazine, about Skyrim's in-game books: Reading a Video Game: The Books of Skyrim.