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Bookshelf JE4 BE2.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance









Yes (30)

Catches fire from lava


Bookshelves are decorative blocks that primarily serve to enhance enchanting with an enchanting table.


Natural generation[]

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[A]
Default 2.25
Wooden 1.15
Stone 0.6
Iron 0.4
Diamond 0.3
Netherite 0.25
Golden 0.2
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any Planks +


Novice-level librarian villagers have a 50% chance to sell a bookshelf for 9 emeralds as part of their trades.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Novice-level librarian villagers have a 23 chance to sell 1 bookshelf for 9 emeralds.‌[Java Edition only]



If an enchanting table is placed near a bookshelf, glyph particles fly from the bookshelf toward the enchanting table. Having bookshelves in the proper position near the table allows the table to apply higher-level enchantments.

Crafting ingredient[]

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.

Note Blocks[]

Bookshelf can be placed under note blocks to produce "bass" sounds.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.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 breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.wood.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.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:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
?BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.wood1.00.8
?BlocksFalling on the block with fall damagefall.wood0.41.0
?BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.wood0.230.5
?BlocksJumping from the blockjump.wood0.121.0
?BlocksFalling on the block without fall damageland.wood0.181.0
?BlocksWalking on the blockstep.wood0.31.0
?BlocksWhen the block is placeduse.wood1.00.8

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameResource locationBlock tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Bookshelfbookshelfmineable/axeBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.bookshelf

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Bookshelfbookshelf47Block & Itemtile.bookshelf.name


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS4)
PS4 Other platforms
LibrarianBuild some bookshelves to improve your enchantment table.Pick up a bookshelf from a crafting table output.20GBronze


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.
They are 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.
1.3.112w21aLibrarian 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.
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
v0.2.1Bookshelf JE2 BE1.png Added bookshelves.
Bookshelves are currently obtainable only in Creative mode.
v0.3.0Bookshelves are now obtainable in Survival mode.
v0.9.0build 1Bookshelves now naturally spawn in strongholds and villages.
v0.12.1build 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 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
TU1CU1 1.00 Patch 11.0.1Bookshelf JE2 BE1.png Added bookshelves. Whether they actually used this texture is unknown.
1.90 Bookshelf JE4 BE2.png The texture of bookshelves has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Bookshelf JE2 BE1.png Added bookshelves.


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