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Lectern JE2 BE1.pngLectern Book JE1 BE1.png



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Blast resistance









Yes (30)

Catches fire from lava


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. Lecterns drop themselves and the book they are holding.

Block Lectern
Hardness 2.5
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 3.75
Wooden 1.9
Stone 0.95
Iron 0.65
Diamond 0.5
Netherite 0.45
Golden 0.35
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.


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 emit a redstone pulse that is one game tick long (0.5 redstone ticks) when a page is turned. A redstone comparator also records book reading and sends a signal, depending on what page the player is currently on. Because Bedrock Edition displays two pages of the book at once, the same signal strength increments require double the number of pages.

For Java Edition a book with only 1 page gives maximum signal strength, however page 1 always gives 1 signal strength no matter what if a book contains at least 2 pages.

Due to this, to calculate the signal strength of books with more than 1 page you should use the following formula:

Signal Strength (round down) = 1 + (14 / (M - 1)) * (P - 1)

Where M is the maximum number of pages the book on the lectern has, and P is the current page number the lectern is turned to.

This is most noticable when a book has 2 pages where the signal strength is either 1 on page 1 or 15 on page 2.

A book that would step up or down in increments of 1 per page would be 15 pages long.

For Bedrock Edition the formula is slightly different. Due to Bedrock showing 2 pages at once and counting a change to the book's output only if the highest even numbered page contains information, a redstone comparator treats books with 3 pages the same as those with 1 or 2 pages of information, the same as how Java would treat a book with just 1 page.

For 4 or more pages of information use the following formula to calculate signal strength.

Signal Strength (round down) = 1 + (14 / (M. - 1)) * (P. - 1)

In this case M. is (Maximum page number / 2) rounded down. and P. would be (The current highest page number containing data displayed on the book interface / 2) rounded down.

Rounding down is required to eliminate the discrepency caused by books containing an odd number of pages. For example, a book with 8 pages gives a signal strength of 15 when looking at pages 7-8. A book with 9 pages has a signal strength of 15 when looking at either pages 7-8 and 9-10.

In Bedrock Edition, a book that steps up or down in increments of 1 per page turned must be exactly 30 pages long, with information left on page 30.

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.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Sound parameters
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.wood.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816?????
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.wood.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516?????
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.wood.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516?????
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.wood.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816?????
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.wood.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016?????
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitchSound parameters
on low
?Breaking the blockdig.wood? 0.8????
?Falling on the block with fall damagefall.wood? ? ????
?Mining the blockhit.wood? 0.5????
?Jumping from the blockjump.wood? ? ????
?Falling on the block without fall damageland.wood? ? ????
?Walking on the blockstep.wood? ? ????
?Placing the blockuse.wood? 0.8????

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Lecternlectern block.minecraft.lectern
NameNamespaced ID
Block entitylectern

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
NameSavegame ID
Block entity?

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.

Bedrock 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 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 Pre-release.pngLectern Book Pre-release.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 JE1.png Added lecterns.
Lecterns are currently obtainable only 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.
There is a file lectern.png which has each texture of the lectern on a large sheet. However, this is unused, as separate files ae also present.
18w45aThe inventory icon of lecterns has been slightly changed from to .
Removed the unused lectern.png file.
Lectern JE2 BE1.png The texture of lecterns has now been changed.
The bottom texture of lecterns has been changed from Lectern (bottom) JE1.png to Lectern (bottom) JE2.png.
18w47aLectern (bottom) JE3 BE1.png The bottom texture of lecterns has been changed, once again.
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 JE1 BE1.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.
?Lecterns now use some corrected side cullface arguments for the front and back of their base plate.
19w03aCertain blocks can no longer be supported by the top of a lectern.[1]
19w03cLecterns now use correct cullface arguments on the left and right hand side of their base plate.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta JE2 BE1.pngLectern Book JE1 BE1.png Added lecterns.
1.11.0beta now emit a redstone pulse when a page is turned.
Legacy Console Edition
1.90 Lectern JE2 BE1.pngLectern Book JE1 BE1.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