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Lectern.pngLectern book.png




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Catches fire from lava




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This feature is exclusive to Java Edition, Bedrock Edition and PlayStation 4 Edition.

A lectern is a librarian's job site block found in villages. It is used to hold books for multiple players to read in multiplayer.

Natural generation[edit]

Lecterns can generate in village libraries.


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

Block Lectern
Hardness 2.5
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 3.75
Wooden 1.9
Stone 0.95
Iron 0.65
Diamond 0.5
Golden 0.35
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any Wood Slab +


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.

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.) Because Bedrock Edition displays two pages of the book at once, same signal strength increments require double the number of pages.

Changing profession[edit]

If a village has a lectern that has not been claimed by a villager, any villager has a chance to change their profession into librarian if those villagers have not already chosen a job site block.


Lecterns can be used as fuel in furnaces to smelt 1.5 items.


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 block.wood.place subtitles.block.generic.place 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

Data values[edit]

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
The direction the lectern is facing.
Opposite from the direction the player faces when placing a lectern.
If the lectern currently has a book.
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.


August 18, 2012Lectern Revision 1.pngLectern Revision 1 (open).png 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, 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.
Java Edition
1.1418w44aLectern.png Added lecterns.
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.
18w45aThe inventory icon of lectern has now been slightly changed from to .
The texture of lectern has now each separated, and the layout of each part was tweaked.
The bottom texture of lectern has been removed and replaced with texture of oak planks.
18w48aLecterns can now generate in plains village libraries.
18w49aLecterns now can also generate in savanna and snowy tundra village libraries.
19w02aLecterns now have a crafting recipe.
Lectern book.png 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.
19w03aCertain blocks can no longer be supported by the top of a lectern.[1]
Lectern now uses some corrected side cullface arguments.[needs testing]
19w03cThe lectern now uses correct cullface arguments on its remaining sides.[needs testing]
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta book.png Added lecterns.
1.11.0beta now emit a redstone pulse when a page is turned.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Lectern.pngLectern book.png Added lecterns.


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



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