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Bookshelf JE4 BE2.png




Blast resistance






Yes (64)


Yes (30)

Catches fire from lava


Data value

dec: 47 hex: 2F bin: 101111

Namespaced ID


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.


Natural generation[edit]

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.

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. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any Planks +


Novice-level librarian villagers have a 50% chance to sell a bookshelf for 6 emeralds as part of their trades.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Novice-level librarian villagers have a 23 chance to sell 3 bookshelves for 6 emeralds.‌[Java Edition only]



If an enchantment table is placed near a bookshelf, glyph particles fly from the bookshelf toward the enchantment table. Having bookshelves in the proper position near the table allows 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.‌[Bedrock and Java editions only]


Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.wood.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.5 0.25 16
Block broken block.wood.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Block placed Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Footsteps block.wood.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.0 0.15 16
No subtitle block.wood.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 0.75 0.5 16


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, 2009Bookshelves were teased by Notch.
0.26 SURVIVAL TESTBookshelf JE1.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.
0.28Bookshelves can now be freely placed.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.11Bookshelves can now be crafted from 3 books and 6 planks.
Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseBookshelves can now be found generated in libraries in villages, and libraries in strongholds.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Bookshelves 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 5Bookshelf JE2 BE1.png The top texture of bookshelves have now been updated as a result of the planks texture update.
1.3.112w17aCrafting 1 book now requires 1 additional piece of leather, so 1 bookshelf now requires 3 additional pieces of leather.
12w21aLibrarian villagers now sell 1 bookshelf for 3 emeralds.
12w22aThe 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 Bookshelf JE2 BE1.png.
1.814w02aLibrarian villagers now sell 1 bookshelf for 3–4 emeralds.
1.1116w39aBookshelves now generate in woodland mansions.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 47.
1.1418w43aBookshelf JE3.png The texture of bookshelves has now been changed.
18w47aBookshelf JE4 BE2.png The texture of bookshelves has now been changed, once again.
19w02aBookshelves can now be used to craft lecterns.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.1Bookshelf JE2 BE1.png Added bookshelves.
Bookshelves are currently obtainable only in creative mode.
0.3.0Bookshelves are now obtainable in survival mode.
0.9.0build 1Bookshelves now naturally spawn in strongholds and villages.
0.12.1build 1Bookshelves can now be used to increase enchantment table levels.
Bookshelves can now be obtained by using a tool with the Silk Touch enchantment.
Pocket Edition
1.0.4alpha villagers now sell 1 bookshelf for 3-4 emeralds as their second tier trade.
1.1.0alpha now generate in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta can now be used to craft lecterns.
Bookshelves now get inspected by librarian villagers.
Bookshelf JE4 BE2.png The texture of bookshelves has now been changed.
1.11.0beta 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
TU1CU11.00Patch 1Bookshelf JE2 BE1.png Added bookshelves. Whether they actually used this texture is unknown.
1.90Bookshelf JE4 BE2.png The texture of bookshelves has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Bookshelf JE2 BE1.png 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