How to make a bookshelf in Minecraft

When it comes to enchanting, bookshelves are a must.


Bookshelves are quite easy to make, and to find, in any Minecraft world, and they are really important when it comes to enchanting. They are also really cute to use as decorative blocks around any base or house, as they have a really nice texture to them. If you want to learn how to make these incredibly useful blocks called bookshelves, proceed to read the required materials and steps necessary.


Required Materials to create bookshelf:

  1. Crafting table
  2. 3 books
  3. 6 wooden planks (any type)


How to make Bookshelf in Minecraft?

In a Nutshell:

To make a bookshelf, open the crafting area made up of the 3x3 grid. Place 3 wood planks, of any kind, in the first row and 3 more wood planks in the last row, then fill up the second row with books. Now that a bookshelf has been made, simply click the bookshelf and drag it into your inventory.

Step-by-Step Guide(with Pictures):

Here is the step-by-step pictorial guide you need to follow to make a bookshelf in minecraft:

To make a bookshelf, the first block you will need is a crafting table. A crafting table is one of the first blocks that a player should make, and they are really simple to craft.


The first step to making a crafting table is converting any recently acquired logs into wooden planks. 

To make wooden planks, simply place the logs that were collected into one of the slots in the survival inventory crafting table, as demonstrated below.

Place the logs in Crafting table

Once the logs are converted into wooden planks, you can then progress to making a crafting table. This guide explains more about how to make a crafting table.


You will also need these wooden planks to make a bookshelf, so keep them handy.


Next you must find your sugar cane and leather to make the books you require. Sugar cane can be found around the world near any kind of water source in almost every biome. It stands tall, at 1-4 blocks high, and can be grown on sand or grass.

find your sugar cane and leather to make the books you require

If you are planning on making multiple books at one time, like to make a bookshelf, it’s recommended that you make a sugar cane farm to expedite the process.


To find out how to make the books you need for this recipe, you can follow this guide.


Now that you have your books and your planks, you can proceed to make your first bookshelf. 


First, place down your crafting table and open the crafting table GUI.

Open Crafting table menu

Then, fill the top and bottom rows of the menu with your chosen wooden planks. 

Fill the top and bottom rows of the menu with your chosen wooden planks

After that, fill in the three middle remaining spaces with the books that you have made.

Fill in the three middle remaining spaces with the books that you have made


Now you may place your bookshelf wherever you want! Be careful though, when you break a bookshelf (unless you use the silk touch enchantment) it breaks into 3 books, meaning you need to surround them with wood once again.

Now you may place your bookshelf wherever you want

Explainer Video

FAQs on Bookshelves:


Q. What is a bookshelf used for in Minecraft?

Bookshelves are used either for decorative purposes, or to make the most powerful enchantment table possible in the vanilla version of Minecraft. The number of bookshelves surrounding an enchantment table determines the level of enchantment possible through that specific block. With the most powerful tables having a maximum level requirement of 30, you can get so many great enchantments that aren’t available (or are less likely to be received) through lower-level enchants.


Q. What is the easiest way to get bookshelves in Minecraft?

Although bookshelves are quite easy to craft using a crafting table, sometimes acquiring all of the materials needed for a lot of bookshelves can be quite difficult and taxing on a player. 

One of the easiest ways to acquire bookshelves is to find them in libraries in villages; players can break these bookshelves and get the books they need, and then all they need to collect is the wood. 

Bookshelves can also be found in Woodland Mansions, but it’s not the best idea to go in there without the proper materials as they are very difficult to defeat.



Congratulations! You have now succeeded in making a bookshelf in Minecraft! Alongside being great decorative blocks, bookshelves can be used to power enchantment tables; surrounding an enchantment table with two layers of bookshelves will allow you to reach the top tier of enchantments: level 30. These top tier enchants can propel any player to new heights, making them incredibly overpowered and very difficult to kill.


Happy enchanting!

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