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A Bookshelf serves to enhance an Enchantment Table, as a decoration, or as an inefficient furnace fuel. Bookshelves naturally appear in libraries inside Strongholds and Villages. Breaking a bookshelf will drop three books, but no wood planks.
As one bookshelf requires three books, books require three sheets of paper and one piece of leather (only the paper is needed in Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition); paper requires one sugar cane per sheet (crafted in batches of three), nine sugar canes are necessary for each bookshelf block. It would take 576 cane to produce a full stack of bookshelves, 192 pieces of leather for the books and 96 logs for the wood. This gives a use to sugar cane: with that kind of need for resources, the endless cane farms is an option many players consider.
Bookshelves can be destroyed fairly easily by hand, but more quickly using an axe. In either case, they will drop 3 books when destroyed, allowing the reconstruction of the bookshelf with the addition of six Wooden Planks.
Bookshelves will catch on fire, so make sure to place them in a safe area away from fire and lava.
Bookshelves can be found in a couple of places:
- Villages often have libraries, and inside each library there are seven bookshelves.
- Strongholds almost always feature a library. Small libraries feature some bookshelves arranged in 2x1 pillars, and large libraries feature more bookshelves arranged in the space below, plus there is a balcony with two walls covered in bookshelves.
Bookshelves are used to gain access to higher level enchantments when using the Enchanting Table. If an enchanting table is placed nearby, glyphs will fly towards it from the bookshelf in a manner similar to nether portal particles. To get the highest boost (level 30), you need 15 bookshelves, which means 45 books and 90 planks, or 135 paper, 45 leather and 22.5 logs.
If one places a minecart chest on a rail then breaks the rail, they can push a bookshelf onto the minecart chest with a piston. The bookshelf can then be used like a chest to store books or anything else, since the minecart with chest entity is hidden inside the bookshelf. Also great for hiding things.
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|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Prerequisites||Actual requirements (if different)||Version restriction||Xbox points earned|
|Librarian||Build some bookshelves to improve your enchantment table||Enchanter||Pick up a Bookshelf from a Crafting Table.||PC||N/A|
|0.26 SURVIVAL TEST||Impossible to obtain without loading a pre-edited map. Destroyed in explosions. When mined drops nothing.|
|0.28||Can be freely placed.|
|???||Cannot be crafted|
|1.0.11||Can be freely placed. It dropped nothing, and was purely used as a decorative block.|
|1.9pre3||Drops 3 books, libraries and enchanting implemented|
|1.0.0||Can be freely placed. Drops 3 books with an axe, nothing with anything else. Can be used for higher level enchantments.|
|1.3.1||12w17a||Crafting a book requires a piece of Leather, so making thirty bookshelves requires 90 Leather.|
|12w21a||Emeralds can be traded for bookshelves.|
|12w22a||The number of bookshelves required to reach the maximum enchantment level has been decreased to 15.|
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