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Good. My task here is to collect the written works of those who came before in order to supplement the Brotherhood Archives at the Citadel. Although most of the pre-war books have been destroyed, there are a few that have survived. But finding a book in these ruins is... difficult. I could have a million Initiates to comb the ruins, and I'd still never come close to recovering every book that remains undamaged.Scribe Yearling

Yearning for Learning is an unmarked and repeatable quest in Fallout 3, given by Scribe Yearling at Arlington Library.

Quick walkthrough

Unmarked Quest: Yearning for Learning
Talk to Scribe Yearling
Find a pre-War book.
Return the pre-war book to Yearling.
Reward: 100 Caps and 10 XP per book

Detailed walkthrough

Scribe Yearling is searching Arlington Library for books and asks the Lone Wanderer to help. So long as she is not insulted, Scribe Yearling will offer to pay 100 caps and 10 XP per every pre-War book given to her.


  • Books that can be turned in have a value of 1, a green cover, and show a special "Book" icon, while Wolfgang's books have a value of 5, a blue cover, appear with the "Junk" icon in the inventory and are not accepted by Scribe Yearling. These "junk" pre-War books can be found throughout the wasteland.
  • She does not consider a sheet music book to be a "true" book for her purposes, nor will she accept skill books of any kind.
  • Technically this quest is never-ending, but the amount of books you can give is limited to the amount of pre-War books available in the game. The quest will not be completed even if the Lone Wanderer finds and gives Yearling every book there is.


  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes, Scribe Yearling will ask you how your search for the books is going, and when you are given the dialogue choices with her, you will not be able to give her your pre-War books. [verified]
    • PC users may be able to work around this bug by selecting Scribe Yearling in the console and typing startconversation 14 FFDCArlingtonScribeYearlingGreeting1.
      • The easiest way to fix this is to create a text file in the Fallout 3 directory. The easiest name is books—real file name will be books.txt then paste the following in the file and save it:
        PRID 00032913
        startconversation 14 FFDCArlingtonScribeYearlingGreeting1

        In the game, go to the library and stand near Scribe Yearling. Open the console and type: bat books. This will trigger the conversation. Leaving out Primary ID results in a missing target error, but the original code was correct.
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Carrying more than 99 pre-War books and telling Scribe Yearling "just take all the books I have" will cause her to take only 99 books, yet give you caps and XP for all the books you carry. For example, carrying all 102 pre-War books and giving them all to the scribe gives you 1020 XP and 10200 caps, yet leaves 3 books in your inventory. [verified]