|Catches fire from lava||
Bookshelves generate in village libraries and some village houses.
Strongholds may contain up to two libraries, each of which may be single-level or have an upper balcony. These feature some bookshelves arranged in pillars, and more bookshelves arranged in pillars in the walls. Single-level libraries contain 161 bookshelves, while libraries with balconies contain 233.
Bookshelves also naturally generate in some woodland mansion rooms.
Bookshelves can be broken fairly easily by hand, but can be broken faster by using an axe. In either case, they 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, a bookshelf drops itself.
- Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.
|Any Planks +
Novice-level librarian villagers have a 50% chance to sell a bookshelf for 9 emeralds as part of their trades.[Bedrock Edition only]
Novice-level librarian villagers have a 2⁄3 chance to sell 1 bookshelf for 9 emeralds.[Java Edition only]
If an enchanting table is placed near a bookshelf, glyph particles fly from the bookshelf toward the enchanting table. Having bookshelves in the proper position near the table allows the table to apply higher-level enchantments.
|Lectern||Any Wood Slab +
Librarian villagers can interact with bookshelves.
Bookshelf can be placed under note blocks to produce "bass" sound.
|Sound||Subtitle||Source||Description||Namespaced ID||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Block broken||Blocks||Breaking the block||1.0||0.8||16|
|None[sound 1]||Blocks||Falling on the block with fall damage||None[sound 1]||0.5||0.75||16|
|Block breaking||Blocks||Mining the block||0.25||0.5||16|
|Block placed||Blocks||Placing the block||1.0||0.8||16|
|Footsteps||Blocks||Walking on the block||0.15||1.0||16|
|?||Blocks||Breaking the block||1.0||0.8|
|?||Blocks||Falling on the block with fall damage||0.4||1.0|
|?||Blocks||Mining the block||0.23||0.5|
|?||Blocks||Jumping from the block||0.12||1.0|
|?||Blocks||Falling on the block without fall damage||0.18||1.0|
|?||Blocks||Walking on the block||0.3||1.0|
|?||Blocks||Placing the block||1.0||0.8|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Translation key|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Numeric ID||Translation key|
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Actual requirements (if different)||Gamerscore earned||Trophy type (PS)|
|Librarian||Build some bookshelves to improve your enchantment table.||Pick up a bookshelf from a crafting table output.||20G||Bronze|
|Java Edition Classic|
|October 24, 2009||Bookshelves were teased by Notch.|
|0.26 SURVIVAL TEST||Added bookshelves.|
|Bookshelves are currently impossible to obtain without loading a pre-edited map.|
|Bookshelves are currently destroyed in explosions.|
|When bookshelves are broken, they currently do not drop anything.|
|0.28||Bookshelves can now be freely placed.|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|v1.0.11||Bookshelves can now be crafted from 3 books and 6 planks.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.8||Pre-release||Bookshelves can now be found generated in libraries in villages, and libraries in strongholds.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3||Bookshelves now drop 3 books when broken by a non-Silk Touch item.|
|They are now necessary to enchant with higher levels for better enchanted items.|
|The number of bookshelves required to reach the maximum enchantment level is 30.|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5||The top texture of bookshelves have now been updated as a result of the planks texture update.|
|1.3.1||12w21a||Librarian villagers now sell 1 bookshelf for 3 emeralds.|
|12w22a||The number of bookshelves required to reach the maximum enchantment level has been now decreased to 15.|
|1.8||14w02a||Librarian villagers now sell 1 bookshelf for 3–4 emeralds.|
|1.11||16w39a||Bookshelves now generate in woodland mansions.|
|1.13||17w47a||Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 47.|
|1.14||18w43a||The texture of bookshelves has now been changed.|
|18w47a||The texture of bookshelves has now been changed, once again.|
|19w02a||Bookshelves can now be used to craft lecterns.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|Bookshelves are currently obtainable only in creative mode.|
|v0.3.0||Bookshelves are now obtainable in survival mode.|
|v0.9.0||build 1||Bookshelves now naturally spawn in strongholds and villages.|
|v0.12.1||build 1||Bookshelves can now be used to increase enchantment table levels.|
|Bookshelves can now be obtained by using a tool with the Silk Touch enchantment.|
|1.0.4||alpha 188.8.131.52||Librarian villagers now sell 1 bookshelf for 3-4 emeralds as their second tier trade.|
|1.1.0||alpha 184.108.40.206||Bookshelves now generate in woodland mansions.|
|1.10.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Bookshelves can now be used to craft lecterns.|
|Bookshelves now get inspected by librarian villagers.|
|The texture of bookshelves has now been changed.|
|1.11.0||beta 18.104.22.168||Trading has now been changed, librarian villagers now have a 50% chance to sell a bookshelf for 6 emeralds as part of their first trade.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.00||Patch 1||Added bookshelves. Whether they actually used this texture is unknown.|
|1.90||The texture of bookshelves has now been changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
- Bookshelves top and bottom textures by default use the same texture as oak planks.
- It takes 90 planks, 45 leather and 135 paper to make 15 bookshelves in order to get a level 30 enchantment.
- A bookshelf is the icon for Education Edition.
Naturally occurring bookshelves in a village. (Before Village & Pillage).
Naturally occurring bookshelves in a stronghold.
Bookshelves powering an enchanting table.