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Solid Block







Blast resistance





This block can be broken with any tool, but an axe is the quickest




Yes (64)



First appearances

See History

Data value

dec: 47 hex: 2F bin: 101111



Bookshelves are blocks that primarily serve to enhance enchanting with an enchantment table.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Bookshelves can be broken fairly easily by hand, but can be broken faster by using an axe. In either case, they will drop 3 books when broken, allowing the reconstruction of the bookshelf with the addition of six wood planks. When broken by an item that is enchanted with silk touch, it will drop itself.

Hardness 1.5
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 2.25
Wooden 1.15
Stone 0.6
Iron 0.4
Diamond 0.3
Golden 0.2
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Villages often generate libraries, and inside each library there are seven bookshelves.

Strongholds almost always generate an abandoned library. These feature some bookshelves arranged in pillars, and more bookshelves arranged in pillars in the walls. And a balcony with two walls covered in pillars of bookshelves. There are about 224 (3.5 stacks) bookshelves in each library.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Book +
Any Wood Planks

Trading[edit | edit source]

A bookshelf can be bought from a librarian villager for 3 to 4 emeralds as part of their tier 2 trades.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Enchanting[edit | edit source]

If an enchantment table is placed near a bookshelf, glyph particles will fly from a bookshelf towards the enchantment table. The enchantment table will then gain access to higher experience-level enchantments.

To get to the highest level of enchanting (level 30), you will need 15 bookshelves placed within a 5×5 square centered at the table or the block above. No other blocks can be placed in between the table and the bookshelves.

Fuel[edit | edit source]

Bookshelves can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1.5 items per block.

Video[edit | edit source]

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
PC Xbox PS Pocket Wii U
Librarian Build some bookshelves to improve your enchantment table Enchanter Pick up a bookshelf from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze

History[edit | edit source]

0.26 SURVIVAL TEST 9 Added bookshelf.
Was impossible to obtain without loading a pre-edited map. Destroyed in explosions, and when broken it drops nothing.
0.28 Can now be freely placed.
0.31 January 29, 2010 Bookshelves can now be crafted.
1.0.11 Can now be crafted from 3 books and 6 wood planks.
1.8 Can now be found generated in libraries in villages, and libraries in strongholds.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre3 Now drops 3 books when broken by a non-silk touch item, and is now necessary to enchant with higher levels for better enchanted items. The number of bookshelves required to reach the maximum enchantment level was 30.
1.3.1 12w17a Crafting 1 book now requires 1 additional piece of leather, so 1 bookshelf now requires 3 additional pieces of leather.
12w21a The player can now trade with villagers to obtain bookshelves.
12w22a The number of bookshelves required to reach the maximum enchantment level is now decreased to 15.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.1 Bookshelves added to creative mode only.
0.3.0 Bookshelves added to survival mode.
0.9.0 build 1 Bookshelves now naturally spawn in strongholds and villages.
Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.00 Patch 1 Added bookshelves.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Bookshelf” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Bookshelves top and bottom textures by default use the same texture as oak wood planks.
  • It takes 90 wood planks, 45 leather and 135 paper to make 15 bookshelves in order to get a level 30 enchantment.

Gallery[edit | edit source]