Lectern

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Lectern
Lectern.pngLectern book.png
Type

?

Physics

No

Transparency

No

Luminance

No

Blast resistance

?

Hardness

2.5

Tool

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Drops

Itself

Block Entity ID

lectern

Name

lectern

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A lectern is a block found in villages, and is used to hold books for multiple players to read in multiplayer.

Obtaining[edit]

Lecterns can be broken with any tool, but an axe mines it the fastest.

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any Wood Slab +
Bookshelf

Natural generation[edit]

Lecterns can generate in village libraries.

Usage[edit]

Lecterns are used for holding book and quills that other players can read at the same time. To use a lectern, right-click an empty one with a book and quill to place a book on the lectern. Then, right click on the book to open and read it - multiple players can read the book simultaneously. The book can be removed from the lectern after placing it down. A player can either put a written book and quill or a unfinished one on a lectern.

Redstone signal[edit]

Lecterns holding a book will emit a redstone pulse when a page is turned. A redstone comparator will also record book reading and send a signal, depending on what page the player is currently on. (e.g a book with 15 pages will power 1 redstone level per page, or one with 5 pages will emit 3 signal strength per page.)‌[Java Edition only]

Changing profession[edit]

If a village has a lectern and there is no librarian villager, any villager has a chance to change their profession into a librarian if those villagers have not already picked a workstation.‌[Bedrock Edition only][upcoming: BE 1.10]

Fuel[edit]

Lectern can be used as fuel in furnace to smelt 1.5 items.

Data values[edit]

Block states[edit]

Name Value Description
facingeast
north
south
west
The direction the lectern is facing.
Opposite from the direction the player faces when placing a lectern.
has_bookfalse
true
If the lectern currently has a book.
poweredfalse
true
If the lectern is currently outputting a redstone signal.

Block entity[edit]

A lectern has a block entity associated with it that holds additional data about the block.

History[edit]

August 18, 2012The lectern was an old project of Dinnerbone's. It was meant to be a stand for written books, so they could be easily read. He was well on his way to creating it when he encountered problems and scrapped the idea, but mentioned that he might pick up work on the lectern in the near future.
December 18, 2013Dinnerbone states in his Reddit AMA that he has revisited lecterns, but scrapped them again as "something about them just didn't feel right".
October 18, 2018Dinnerbone reveals that the lectern is once again in development.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 18w44a Added lecterns. Old texture delayed lectern was replaced on Lectern.png
Lecterns are currently only obtainable from the creative inventory and have no functionality.
Lecterns currently have a BookItem field, which holds the book item to be displayed. However, this field cannot be set and is not written to the block entity.
18w48a Lecterns can now generate in plains village libraries
18w49a Lecterns now can also generate in savanna and snowy tundra village libraries.
19w02a Lecterns now have a crafting recipe.
Lecterns can now be used to hold books.
Lecterns now emit a redstone pulse when a page is changed.
Lecterns now use the correct cullface argument for its bottom face.
19w03a Certain blocks can no longer be supported by the top of a lectern.[1]
Lectern now uses some corrected side cullface arguments.[needs testing]
19w03c The lectern now uses correct cullface arguments on its remaining sides.[needs testing]
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.10.0 beta 1.10.0.3 Lectern.pngAdded lecterns.

Issues[edit]

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

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. MC-141991
  2. “sup”@Dinnerbone, October 18, 2018