Bookshelf

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Bookshelf
Bookshelf.png

Transparency

No

Luminance

No

Blast resistance

7.5

Tool


Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

Yes

Drops
Data value

dec: 47 hex: 2F bin: 101111

Name

bookshelf

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.

Obtaining[edit]

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
Tool
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.

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any Planks +
Book









































Trading[edit]

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

Usage[edit]

Enchanting[edit]

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]

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

Video[edit]

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

Librarian Build some bookshelves to improve your enchantment table Pick up a bookshelf from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze

History[edit]

Classic
0.26 (October 24, 2009) Teased bookshelf.
0.27 SURVIVAL TEST Bookshelf Revision 1.png Added bookshelves.
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.
Indev
0.31 0.31 (January 29, 2010) Bookshelves can now be crafted.
Alpha
v1.0.11 Can now be crafted from 3 books and 6 wood planks.
Beta
1.8 ? Can now be found generated in libraries in villages, and libraries in strongholds.
Java Edition
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3 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.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5 Bookshelf.png Updated the top texture 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 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.
Inventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing
to
.
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.
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
TU1 CU1 1.00 Patch 1 Added bookshelves.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • 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]

References[edit]

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