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Bookshelves serve to enhance enchanting with an enchantment table, as a decoration, or as an inefficient furnace fuel. Bookshelves naturally generate in libraries inside strongholds and villages. Breaking a bookshelf will drop three books, but no wood planks. When broken by an item that is enchanted with silk touch, it will drop itself.
A bookshelf has two textures. Both are borrowed from oak wood planks, making bookshelves blend in next to them. One is put on the top and bottom sides of a bookshelf. The other one is an edited version made to look like it has books on shelves that are on all four horizontal sides. As 1 bookshelf requires 3 books and 6 wood planks, 1 book requires 3 paper and 1 leather, and 3 paper requires 3 sugar cane. 9 sugar cane, 3 leather, and 1.5 wood logs are necessary to craft 1 bookshelf. It would take 576 sugar cane, 192 leather, and 96 wood logs to craft a full (64) stack of bookshelves.
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.
Bookshelves will catch on fire and burn, so make sure to place them in an area away from fire and lava.
If an enchantment table is placed near a bookshelf, glyph particles will fly from a bookshelf towards the enchantment table.
Bookshelves can be found generated in a couple of places:
- 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.
Bookshelves are used to gain access to higher experience-level enchantments when using an enchantment table. To get to the highest level of enchanting (level 30), you will need 15 bookshelves, which contains 45 books and 90 planks, or 135 sugarcane - paper, 45 leather and 22.5 logs.
Bookshelves can be used as furnace fuel, but this is extremely inefficient, as its fuel duration is the same as 1 wood plank, but it is crafted with a lot more ingredients.
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Prerequisites||Actual requirements (if different)||Version restriction|
|Librarian||Build some bookshelves to improve your enchantment table||Enchanter||Pick up a bookshelf from a crafting table.||PC|
|0.26||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.|
|Could not 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.|
|1.0.0||1.9pre3||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.|
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