How to fix the 'Failed to load Skyrim Address Library' issue and possible causes

How to fix the 'Failed to load Skyrim Address Library' issue and possible causes
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Written by 

Harry Boulton


12th Jul 2022 10:45

Some players are running into an error that says 'failed to load Skyrim address library' after launching the new Skyrim Together Reborn mod, and it can seem impossible to fix if you don't know what you're doing. There's nothing worse than installing a new Skyrim mod, and then messing up your game because of it, as often it seems hopeless, with no solution in sight. However, we have all the answers for you if you're running into the error below:

How to fix the issue?

Thankfully, there is a very easy, albeit not obvious way to fix the issue. All you need to do is hold down the space bar when you double-click on the SkyrimTogther.exe, and it should bring up the selection menu again, allowing you to choose the SkyrimSE.exe correctly this time. 

While the above solution is the most likely fix for you, there are a couple of other things to check if the previous cause and solution does not apply to you, or has not worked.

When downloading the Address Library for SKSE Plugins mod, you need to make sure that it was the All in one (Anniversary Edition) that you chose, as opposed to the All in one (Special Edition), as the latter is incompatible with the mod. The fix for this is just to uninstall the Special Edition, and then reinstall it as the Anniversary version.

If you've happened to use a patch downgrader after installing the Skyrim Together Reborn mod, you must reverse this by updating to the latest version of the game, as anything prior to 1.6 will not work.

Finally, if you've used Mod Organiser 2 to install both Skyrim Together and the Address Library mod, you'll need to right-click on Address Library and click file explorer. From there, copy the SKSE folder and paste it into the DATA folder in your Skyrim directory. If you don't know where this is located, you can usually find it in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim Special Edition\Data.

What causes the Address Library issue?

The main cause of the problem is selecting the wrong directory after launching the mod for the first time. 

If you followed our guide on how to play Skyrim Together Reborn, you will have reached a point where selecting the SkyrimTogether is executable, the game will ask you to select the actual Skyrim executable file, presumably so that it can use that as a means to play the game. 

However, if you manage to select anything other than that specific file, you will seemingly be stuck in a loop with the error, with the only two options immediately available to you being to close the application, or visit the library mod page.

So, that's how to solve the 'failed to load Skyrim address library' issue when trying to play the Skyrim Together Reborn mod, giving you a couple of different solutions that should eventually work for you. In the meantime, why not check out these games like Skyrim for some other similar and exciting experiences.

Harry is a Guides Writer at GGRecon, having completed a Masters of Research degree in Film Studies. Previously a freelance writer for PCGamesN, The Loadout, and Red Bull Gaming, he loves playing a wide variety of games from the Souls series to JRPGs, Counter-Strike, and EA FC. When not playing or writing about games and hardware, you're likely to find him watching football or listening to Madonna and Kate Bush.