|Catches fire from lava||
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.
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.
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.
|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.
|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|
|?||Breaking the block||?||0.8|
|?||Falling on the block with fall damage||?||?|
|?||Mining the block||?||0.5|
|?||Jumping from the block||?||?|
|?||Falling on the block without fall damage||?||?|
|?||Walking on the block||?||?|
|?||Placing the block||?||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 220.127.116.11||Librarian villagers now sell 1 bookshelf for 3-4 emeralds as their second tier trade.|
|1.1.0||alpha 18.104.22.168||Bookshelves now generate in woodland mansions.|
|1.10.0||beta 22.214.171.124||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 126.96.36.199||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.