How To Make A Bookshelf In Minecraft

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a bookshelf in Minecraft with our instructional video and written tutorial.

A Minecraft bookshelf is a block that can be used to enhance enchantments. The shelves can also be used as fuel.

Available Platforms

Edition Platform Available
Java Edition Windows, Mac & Linux PC’s Yes
Bedrock Edition Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, Fire OS, Windows 10 PC’s Yes
Education Edition Mac, iOs 12, Windows 10 PC’s Yes
PlayStation Edition PlayStation 3 & 4 Yes

Required To Craft A Bookshelf

  • Books
  • 6 Wood planks

*You can use any type of wood planks.

Steps To Make A Bookshelf

1. Open Your Crafting Menu

Open your artboard so you can see the 3×3 grid as shown in the image below.

How To Make A Bookshelf In Minecraft

2. Add Books And Wood Planks

With your workbench open, we now need to place the 3 books and 6 wooden shelves on the squares on the grid, as shown in the image below.

How To Make A Bookshelf In Minecraft

It is important that the items are placed in the squares exactly as shown in the picture.

Place 3 wooden planks in the first row, 3 books in the second row and the remaining 3 wooden planks go in the third row. This is the recipe from the Minecraft shelf.

Remember, you can use any type of wood, including spruce, birch, oak, dark oak, acacia, and jungle planks.

Once you have placed the items in the correct boxes, you will notice a bookshelf appear in the box on the right.

3. Move The Bookshelf To Your Inventory

Finally, click on your new shelf and move it to your inventory.

How To Make A Bookshelf In Minecraft

Now you have a new Minecraft bookshelf! A Minecraft bookshelf is a block that can be used to amplify an enchantment and, if necessary, used as fuel.

Minecraft Bookshelf Command

You can also command a bookshelf in Minecraft. The Bookshelf command is available in the following editions:

  • Java edition
  • Pocket edition
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Windows 10 Edition
  • Educational Edition

To run the bookshelf command, open your chat window and enter the appropriate command below

Java Edition 1.13 and Up Bookshelf Command

/give @p bookshelf 1

PE, Xbox One, Switch, Win 10, Education Edition

/give @p bookshelf 1 0


1. How do you place a bookshelf in Minecraft?

The ideal position of the bookshelves is a square of 15 placed in a 5×5-block outline, with the enchantment table in the middle.

2. How do I make a bookshelf?

Bookshelves are now obtainable in Survival mode. Bookshelves now naturally spawn in strongholds and villages. Bookshelves can now be used to increase enchantment table levels. Bookshelves can now be obtained by using a tool with the Silk Touch enchantment.

3. How do you arrange bookshelves?

The basic rule of thumb for decorating bookshelves: one-third books, one-third accessories, and one-third empty space per shelf. If you’re short on storage, fill the bottom shelf with identical boxes or baskets. Organize 60 percent of books vertically and 40 percent horizontally to create both balance and spontaneity.

4. Can bookshelves hold books in Minecraft?

If you placed a mending book in a bookshelf, there would be a tiny chance (say 1 in 300) of being able to get mending on a book.This can stack up to 5 times for any enchantment.

5. How do you build a bookshelf around an enchantment table?

In order to obtain the highest level of enchantment, you need a total of 15 bookshelves. The bookshelves must be arranged one block away from the enchanting table in a 1 high, 5 by 5 square, with an opening for a door.

6. How do you use a bookshelf with an enchantment table?

To increase the enchantment level, bookshelves should be placed next to the enchanting table while keeping one block of air between them. Placing any block between the enchantment table and the bookshelves – even transparent ones like torches – will block the table from connecting with the shelves.

7. How many bookshelves do you need for Level 30 Minecraft?

15 bookshelves
Surrounding the table with bookshelves will give you access to higher enchantment levels, up to maximum level of 30. To reach level 30, you’ll need 15 bookshelves total.

How To Make A Bookshelf in Minecraft Video Tutorial

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