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Blast resistance



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




Yes (64)



Data value

dec: 47 hex: 2F bin: 101111



Marsh Davies Mojang avatar.png Bookshelves are expensive things to create. But you can’t put a price on wisdom, can you? Besides which, in Minecraft at least, they add a bit of colour to a room and enhance the power of nearby enchanting tables!
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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 may contain up to two libraries. Each village library contains seven bookshelves.

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 woodland mansions.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
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. Having bookshelves in the proper position near the table will allow the table to apply higher-level enchantments.

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 Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

LibrarianBuild some bookshelves to improve your enchantment tablePick up a bookshelf from a crafting table output.YesYesYesYes20GBronze

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 Librarian villagers now sell 1 bookshelf for 3 emeralds.
12w22a The number of bookshelves required to reach the maximum enchantment level is 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.
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.
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 Bookshelves now generate in woodland mansions.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.00Patch 1Added 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]

References[edit | edit source]

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