The ultimate guide on how to make a bookshelf in Minecraft

How to Make a Bookshelf in Minecraft

The bookshelf is one of the most desired elements in Minecraft. You can easily build a bookshelf and use it to enhance enchanting with enchant table.

However, Here I will explain how to make a bookshelf in Minecraft with easy step-by-step instructions. After creating bookshelf, we will show you how you can use bookshelf in Minecraft.

How to Make a Bookshelf in Minecraft

You can easily create bookshelf with some easy steps. Mainly you can use the bookshelf to increase enchant level of enchant table. Moreover, you can use the bookshelf for decorating also.

Here’s the full guideline to make a bookshelf in Minecraft.

Step 1: Make a Crafting Table

To make a bookshelf, you will need a crafting table with 3×3 crafting grid. If you already have a crafting table, then go to the next step. Don’t have crafting table? Don’t worry you can make crafting table very easily.

Put any kind of 4 wood planks at the 2×2 crafting grid. At the right-handed box, you will get crafting table.

The formula to create crafting table on Minecraft

Move to Hotbar and place it on the ground. Right click on it when you need to open it.

Step 2: Collect Wood Planks

You have to collect at least 6 wood planks to create a bookshelf. You can use any kind of wood planks to create a bookshelf.

To collect wood, you can go to any forest near you. Target any tree block and punch it to get woods. Put them at crafting table to get wood planks.

Tergetting a tree block with plus sign to get wood

However, you can use every kind of wood planks like oak, spruce, birch, jungle, acacia, or dark oak wood planks.

Step 3: Make Books

The second thing we will need is books. It’s obvious that books complete a bookshelf. It’s also true in Minecraft.

At first, you have to make a book yourself. You will need 3 books to craft a bookshelf in Minecraft. However, you can follow this formation to craft a book.

The crafting table formula to make a book in Minecraft

Step 4: Make Bookshelf

Finally, you can start crafting bookshelf with the collected ingredients.

Go in front of crafting table and right click on it.

targeting the crafting table to open it with right click

At the crafting table put 6 wood planks, 3 books at the crafting table at the following pattern.

Crafting pattern to make a bookshelf in Minecraft

Place 3 wood planks at the first row. Then place 3 books in the second row. Lastly, place 3 wood planks at the last row. You will get a new bookshelf at the right sided box.

Yes! Just move the bookshelf to your inventory and use start using it.

How to Use Bookshelf in Minecraft

You can use the bookshelf to open an enchantment table. With the enchanting table, you can enchant tools, items, and armor easily.

Open Enchantment Table

At first, take enchantment table in your hand and place it on the ground.

The enchantment table on the ground

Now you have to place 15 bookshelves all around the enchantment table with one block gap. Also, make a space at the front line towards the enchantment table.

The enchantment table with bookshelf in Minecraft

Right-click on the enchantment table in the middle. Then the enchantment table will open and you can start enchanting items. At the first slot add the item you want to enchant and next place lapis lazuli.

The interface of Enchantment table in Minecraft


Bookshelf also works as a decoration item. You can add bookshelves to your house to make it look good. Overall, wisdom is power, isn’t?


Well, that does not seem pretty but you can also burn your bookshelf in the furnace. You can use your bookshelf as a fuel at the lower slot of your furnace.

Using bookshelf as fuel in Minecraft

Where to Get Bookshelf in Minecraft

Along with crafting you can also find a bookshelf in many places in Minecraft. Those are bonus ways to get a bookshelf.

Village Library

Most of the village has up to 2 libraries in their community. Search for the nearest village and find the village library. Every library contains 7 bookshelves.


Another great source of the bookshelf is Strongholds in Minecraft. You can find Strongholds at underground. They feature approximately two libraries in them. The single-level library has 161 bookshelves and the balcony has 233 bookshelves and that’s huge.


Yes, you can buy a bookshelf from villagers. Find a librarian villager and open trading window. Then you will need 3 or 4 emeralds to purchase a bookshelf. It’s a part of their tier 2 trades.

Obtaining Bookshelf

When you hit any bookshelf, you will get 3 books along with wood planks. So, you can again re-use bookshelf from the obtained items. However, you can use your bare hand or any sword to break bookshelf.

Some books are on the ground after breaking an bookshelf in survival mood in Minecraft

Get Bookshelf with Cheat Code

If you are playing Minecraft on PC/Mac and you have turned on cheat code option, then you can use the following code to make a bookshelf in Minecraft.

/give @p bookshelf 1


  • You can use any kind of wood planks to create a bookshelf.
  • The bookshelf increases the enchantment level of the nearby enchantment table.
  • Bookshelf drops 3 books when it breaks.

So, that’s all about bookshelf in Minecraft. When you are done crafting a bookshelf, start using it properly. Although, you can’t put a value on the bookshelf because it’s a source of wisdom.

Look what’s Marsh Davies has said on it.

Bookshelves are expensive things to create. But you can’t put a price on wisdom, can you? Besides which, in Minecraft at least, they add a bit of color to a room and enhance the power of nearby enchanting tables!
Marsh Davies (creative communications manager)

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    • You can start finding your nearby villages. Then right-click on the villager and you will their trading options.


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