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Blast resistance






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!
Marsh Davies[1]

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


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.

Block Bookshelf
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]

Villages may contain up to two library buildings. Each village library building 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 some woodland mansion rooms.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any Planks +


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



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.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Lectern Any Wood Slab +


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


Librarian villagers can interact with bookshelves.‌[upcoming: BE 1.10]



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


Java Edition Classic
October 24, 2009Bookselves were teased.
0.27 SURVIVAL TEST Bookshelf Revision 1.png 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 Indev
0.31 2010-01-29Bookshelves can now be crafted.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.11 Bookshelves can now be crafted from 3 books and 6 wood planks.
Java Edition Beta
1.8 Pre-release Bookshelves can now be found generated in libraries in villages, and libraries in strongholds.
Java Edition
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3 Bookshelves will now drop 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 is 30.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5 Bookshelf.png The top texture of bookshelves have now been updated as a result of the planks texture update.
1.3.1 12w17a Crafting 1 book now requires 1 additional piece of leather, so 1 bookshelf will now require 3 additional pieces of leather.
12w21a Librarian villagers will 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.
Inventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.8 14w02a Librarian villagers will now sell 1 bookshelf for 3–4 emeralds.
1.11 16w39a Bookshelves will now generate in woodland mansions.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 47.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 19w02a Bookshelves can now be used to craft lecterns.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.1 Bookshelf.png Added bookshelves.
Bookshelves are currently only obtainable in creative mode.
0.3.0 Bookshelves have now been to survival mode.
0.9.0 build 1 Bookshelves will now naturally spawn in strongholds and villages.
0.12.1 build 1 Bookshelf can now be used to increase enchantment table level.
Bookshelf can now be obtained by using tool with the Silk Touch enchantment.
Pocket Edition
1.0.4 alpha Librarian villagers will now sell 1 bookshelf for 3 emeralds.
1.1.0 alpha Bookshelves will now generate in woodland mansions.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.10.0 beta Bookshelves can now be used to craft Lecterns.
Bookshelves will now get inspected by librarian Villagers.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.00Patch 1Bookshelf.png Added bookshelves.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added bookshelves.


Issues relating to "Bookshelf" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • 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.



  1. "Block of the Week: Bookshelf" –, December 16, 2016