|Block entity ID||
|This feature is exclusive to Java Edition, Bedrock Edition and PlayStation 4 Edition.|
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.
|Any Wood Slab +
Lecterns can generate in village libraries.
Lecterns hold a single book and quill or written book that other players can read at the same time. Right-clicking an empty one with a book and quill or written book places it. Right clicking a lectern with a book already occupied opens an interface to read the book. Books occupying a lectern can be retrieved through the interface[Java Edition only], punching the lectern[Bedrock Edition only] or by destroying the lectern, even when /gamerule doTileDrops is false.
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.) Because Bedrock Edition displays two pages of the book at once, same signal strength increments require double the number of pages.
Lecterns can be used as fuel in furnaces to smelt 1.5 items.
|Name||Default value||Allowed values||Description|
|facing||The direction the lectern is facing.|
Opposite from the direction the player faces when placing a lectern.
|has_book||If the lectern currently has a book.|
|powered||If the lectern is currently outputting a redstone signal.|
- Block entity data
- Tags common to all block entities see Template:Nbt inherit/blockentity/template
- Book: The book item, without the slot tag, currently on the lectern, may not exist.
- Tags common to all items see Template:Nbt inherit/itemnoslot/template
- Page: The page the book is currently on, starting from 0, does not exist if there's no book.
|August 18, 2012||The 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, 2013||Dinnerbone 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, 2018||Dinnerbone reveals that the lectern is once again in development.|
|1.14||18w44a||Added lecterns. Old texture and model of delayed lectern was replaced from to|
|Lecterns are currently only obtainable from the creative inventory and have no functionality.|
|Lecterns currently have a |
|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.|
|Lectern now uses some corrected side cullface arguments.|
|19w03c||The lectern now uses correct cullface arguments on its remaining sides.|
|1.10.0||beta 126.96.36.199||Added lecterns.|
|1.11.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Lecterns now emit a redstone pulse when a page is turned.|
|PlayStation 4 Edition|
The new lectern that was recently added.