Where To Find Every Barter Skill Book In Fallout: New Vegas
Where To Find Every Barter Skill Book In Fallout: New Vegas

There are 4 Barter skill books (referred to as “Tales Of A Junktown Jerky Vendor” in-game) in the base game of Fallout New Vegas (in Vault 22, the Bison Steve hotel in Primm, in the Allied Technologies Offices, and in the Cap Counterfeiting Shack) and 2 in the game’s DLCs: One in Lonesome Road (at the Marked Men Guard Outpost) and one in Dead Money (in Salida del Sol). There’s also a way to craft one more skill book in the Old World Blues DLC. In this guide, I’ll go over how to get every single one of those books in detail.

Quick tips before you set off to get the books:

  • Get the Comprehension perk. The Comprehension perk will increase the number of skill points gained from each book. If you are planning on hunting down all of the skill books, this perk is a must-have.
  • Leaving the Sierra Madre will make the book in the Dead Money DLC unobtainable. Due to a design decision, the Sierra Madre cannot be re-entered after leaving it, so make sure you grab the book before you go.

Base Game

Allied Technologies Offices

Make your way to the Allied Technologies Offices, located south of Camp McCarran.

Allied Technologies Offices on the world map | Fallout: New Vegas
Allied Technologies Offices on the world map

Be warned that you are very likely to encounter Fiends outside the offices, and Giant Gire Ants inside.

Once there, find a large double door and use it to get inside.

Entrance to the Allied Technologies Offices | Fallout: New Vegas
Entrance to the Allied Technologies Offices

Once inside, you’ll see a door directly opposite to you. Go through it.

Door leading into a hallway | Fallout: New Vegas
Door leading into a hallway

Down the corridor to your left, you’ll see another door, which will lead you to the room with the book.

Door leading to the room with the book | Fallout: New Vegas
Door leading to the room with the book

Inside this room, you’ll see a set of Nuka Cola machines to your left. Approach them.

Corner with the Nuka Cola machines | Fallout: New Vegas
Corner with the Nuka Cola machines

The book is lying on the ground in front of the machine closer to the corner. It might be hard to see at first, as it is surrounded by trash.

Barter skill book lying in front of the vending machines | Fallout: New Vegas
Barter skill book lying in front of the vending machines

Bison Steve Hotel

Travel to Primm, a small town right down the road south of Goodsprings.

Primm on the world map | Fallout: New Vegas
Primm on the world map

From the fast travel point, you’ll be looking directly at the entrance to the Bison Steve. Approach the hotel and enter through the front door.

Entrance to the Bison Steve from the point of view of the fast travel point | Fallout: New Vegas
Entrance to the Bison Steve from the point of view of the fast travel point
Closer view of the fast travel point | Fallout: New Vegas
Closer view of the fast travel point

Be warned that there will be some low-level bandits inside the hotel.

Once inside, you’ll see a door opposite to you. Go through.

Entrance to the next hallway | Fallout: New Vegas
Entrance to the next hallway

Look to the right. You’ll see a large hallway. Take the first door on the left side of the hallway. 

Door leading into a gift shop | Fallout: New Vegas
Door leading into a gift shop

You’ll enter a sort of gift shop. There will be counter on your left. Go behind it.

The counter in the gift shop | Fallout: New Vegas
The counter in the gift shop

You’ll see a safe in the floor. The book is lying on it. Just like the book in the Allied Technologies offices, it might be hard to see at first, as it is surrounded by trash.

The book lying on the ground next to the safe | Fallout: New Vegas
The book lying on the ground next to the safe

Cap Counterfeiting Shack

The Cap Counterfeiting Shack is located northeast of Camp Golf.

Cap Counterfeiting Shack on the world map | Fallout: New Vegas
Cap Counterfeiting Shack on the world map

Be warned while coming here, as there are Lakelurks everywhere on the shore of the lake, and the location itself is often guarded by Cazadores.

Once you find the shack, go inside using the door on the northern side of the building. 

Entrance to the shack | Fallout: New Vegas
Entrance to the shack

Once inside, look to the left. You’ll see a wooden entrance to the basement. Go there.

Doors to the basement | Fallout: New Vegas
Doors to the basement

Go down the stairs.

Door at the bottom of the stairs | Fallout: New Vegas
Door at the bottom of the stairs

Opposite the stairs an entryway to a sort of bedroom, where the book can be found sitting on a suitcase. 

Entrance to the bedroom | Fallout: New Vegas
Entrance to the bedroom
The book on the suitcase | Fallout: New Vegas
The book on the suitcase
Closer view of the book | Fallout: New Vegas
Closer view of the book

Vault 22

Get to Vault 22, an overgrown Vault located west of Westside.

Vault 22 on the world map | Fallout: New Vegas
Vault 22 on the world map

Be on the lookout for enemies such as giant mantises and Spore Carriers hiding in the overgrowth.

It may be a bit difficult to find the entrance at first, as it is overgrown by plant life. Keep a lookout for warning signs and follow them.

Entrance to the vault from the fast travel point | Fallout: New Vegas
Entrance to the vault from the fast travel point
Closer view of the entrance to the vault | Fallout: New Vegas
Closer view of the entrance to the vault

Once you go there, walk straight through a door opposite the Vault’s entrance.

The door opposite the entrance | Fallout: New Vegas
The door opposite the entrance

Keep going forward down a flight of stairs.

The stairs leading down towards the elevator | Fallout: New Vegas
The stairs leading down towards the elevator

Now, depending on if you have a Repair skill of 50 or not, you’ll have to choose how to continue.

If you have a Repair skill of 50, you can simply keep going forward and reach the elevator, which you’ll be able to repair by interacting with the door. 

Elevator door | Fallout: New Vegas
Elevator door
Pop-up option that repairs the elevator | Fallout: New Vegas
Pop-up option that repairs the elevator

Once the elevator is fixed, go down to the Pest Control level.

Correct floor to select | Fallout: New Vegas
Correct floor to select

If you don’t have a high enough Repair skill, you can take the stairs to the left. You’ll have to go all the way to the lowest floor, which will require you to go through most of the Vault, for this reason using the elevator is the recommended approach.

Once in the pest control level, take the first stairway to the left of the elevator exit.

The stairs leading to a laboratory | Fallout: New Vegas
The stairs leading to a laboratory

Go all the way up both flights of stairs.

The second flight of stairs | Fallout: New Vegas
The second flight of stairs

At the top of the stairs, you’ll see an entrance to a lab to the right. Enter.

Door to the lab | Fallout: New Vegas
Door to the lab

There is a chemistry set to the left of the door. The book is to the right next to it.

Book lying on the table | Fallout: New Vegas
Book lying on the table
The book lying next to the chemistry set | Fallout: New Vegas
The book lying next to the chemistry set

Dead Money

Go to Salida del Sol, east of the fountain where you appear at the start of the DLC.

Salida del Sol on the world map | Fallout: New Vegas
Salida del Sol on the world map

Here, watch out for the Ghost People that patrol the area. They are nearly impossible to kill and can dish out a lot of damage. Try to sneak or run past them whenever possible.

Inside Salida del Sol, head straight towards a fountain, then turn right and go down the street there.

Fountain in Salida del Sol | Fallout: New Vegas
Fountain in Salida del Sol
Street to go down | Fallout: New Vegas
Street to go down

Follow the street to another crossroads. Look for a blue-glowing vending machine and go in that direction.

Vending machine down the street | Fallout: New Vegas
Vending machine down the street

After a short walk, you’ll find yourself at another crossroads. There, go through the Cloud-covered path to the left. Follow it until you see another vending machine’s glow.

Street covered by the cloud | Fallout: New Vegas
Street covered by the cloud

By the vending machine, you’ll see a staircase leading up to an illuminated door. Go up the staircase, but do not enter the house. 

Stairs to go up | Fallout: New Vegas
Stairs to go up

Turn around, jump over the table, and walk to the balcony opposite the door. The balcony will lead you to a small room through a hole in the wall.

Hole in the wall to go through | Fallout: New Vegas
Hole in the wall to go through

There will be a set of shelves on the left as you enter. The book is sitting on one of the shelves below a terminal.

The book on a shelf | Fallout: New Vegas
The book on a shelf

Lonesome Road 

The Lonesome Road book is hidden in a basement beneath the Marked Men Guard Outpost, which is located east of the Hopeville Missile Silo Bunker. You’ll pass by this location during the main quest.

Marked Men Guard Outpost on the world map | Fallout: New Vegas
Marked Men Guard Outpost on the world map

Watch out for Marked Men in this location.

Once you get there, look for a passage between a two-story brick building and a pile of rubble with a red Ulysses’s mark on it and go there.

Alleyway to go into | Fallout: New Vegas
Alleyway to go into

You’ll find an entrance to a basement located between a half-buried dumpster and a pile of tires. Go there. 

Basement entrance | Fallout: New Vegas
Basement entrance

Go down the flight of stairs

Door at the bottom of the stairs | Fallout: New Vegas
Door at the bottom of the stairs

Go to the corner of the room in front of you and to the right. 

Corner where the book is located | Fallout: New Vegas
Corner where the book is located

The book is hidden behind a pile of chopped-up organs.

The book on the table | Fallout: New Vegas
The book on the table

Old World Blues

The recipe for this book is found at the Signal Hills Transmitter, located to the north of the Sink.

Signal Hills Transmitter on the world map | Fallout: New Vegas
Signal Hills Transmitter on the world map

It’s a small building with a radio tower outside. The entrance is marked by a blue Ulysses mark. Head inside.

Entrance to the transmitter building | Fallout: New Vegas
Entrance to the transmitter building

The crafting recipe is located below a shelving unit to the right of the entrance.

Barter skill book crafting recipe | Fallout: New Vegas
Barter skill book crafting recipe

To craft the actual book, you’ll need 25 Pre-War books (which can easily be scavenged from pre-war houses), 2 bottles of Wonderglue (which can bought from merchants like Old Lady Gibson or can be scavenged from industrial areas like the workshop in Novac).

Once you have the required materials, go to a workbench and craft the book. You don’t need any skills or perks to craft it.