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How to Make a Bookshelf in Minecraft? [Complete Guide]

How to Make a Bookshelf in Minecraft
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Minecraft players need a good amount of bookshelves to gear up their game. Want to know how you can make a bookshelf? Just like books, the bookshelf can be pretty helpful and vital in the Minecraft world. You can save books, decor the house, and most importantly, make enchanted items!

In this step-by-step guide, you will get to know how to make a bookshelf in Minecraft.

Materials You’ll Need to Craft a Bookshelf

You can use any kind of planks out of the following:

  • 6 birch planks
  • 6 jungle plans
  • 6 acacia planks
  • 6 Dark oak planks
  • 6 warped planks
  • 6 Crimson planks
  • 6 Spruce planks
  • 6 oak planks and
  • 3 Books

How to Make a Bookshelf in Minecraft?

Now that you know the recipe ingredients, let’s dive straight into the steps to make a bookshelf in Minecraft.

Step 1: Collect Bookshelves in Villages 

How to Make a Bookshelf in Minecraft
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Villages and battalions often contain libraries with bookshelves. Yield these with a tool to get three books at least. If you accomplish this step, you can simply skip down to the last crafting step. Otherwise, proceed to the next step.

Note: if you possess a tool with the enchanted silk touch, you can harvest the whole bookshelf.

Step 2: Assemble Sugar Cane

How to Make a Bookshelf in Minecraft
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The second step to make a bookshelf is locating the tall, green plants like bamboo growing near water fields and harvest them with any tool you possess. To make one bookshelf, you need nine pieces of sugarcane.

Step 3: Make Paper with the Cane

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First, open the crafting table and position 3 sugar cane in a straight row. You will obtain three sheets of paper each time. Repeat this for the remaining sugar cane until you get nine sheets of paper for one bookshelf.

Step 4: Make Books with the Paper

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You should get one book with three sheets of paper. Now you need three books to craft a bookshelf. The recipe depends on how you’re playing Minecraft from the following two options:

1. Console Version:

Earn leather by killing cows. Put 1 leather and 3 papers in your crafting area to make a 2×2 square.

2. Minecraft Pocket Edition: 

Place three pieces of paper in an upright column. You do not need leather in the Minecraft pocket edition.

Step 5: Make a Bookshelf with Book and Plank

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Follow this simple recipe to make a bookshelf in Minecraft:

  • Open the crafting table
  • Place three wood planks in the upper row 
  • Place three books in the middle row
  • Again place three planks in the last bottom row

Voila! You will make a bookshelf, move it into the inventory.

BONUS: Unlock Treasure of Enchantment with Bookshelves

How to Make a Bookshelf in Minecraft
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Make an Enchantment Table.

Not only can you use a bookshelf to decorate your home, but a bookshelf can be of great use to improve the enchantment table.

  1. Put three obsidian blocks in the lowest row.
  2. Put diamond, obsidian block, diamond In the middle row.
  3. Put (nothing), book, (nothing) In the top row.

Set up the bookshelves near the enchantment table to unlock some fantastic enchantment features.

Exactly two squares away from the table or on the same level as the table or one higher. The space between the table and the shelf must be vacant. Anything between will block the effect.

Set up Fifteen Bookshelves to Unlock High-Level Enchantments

Encircle the table with a large enclosure of bookshelves, vacating a gap in between to walk through, or simply make a 4×5 L shape with eight bookshelves. Place the second stack of eight bookshelves above the L.

You can place torches to modify the enchantment level. You need to save XP by making low-level enchantments. Each bookshelf you impede will lessen the level of the enchantment table.

Check Out the Video Tutorial to Know How to Make a Bookshelf in Minecraft

Here are some FAQS relating how to make a bookshelf in Minecraft.

1. What is the easiest way to get a bookshelf in Minecraft?

The easiest way to make a bookshelf in Minecraft is to simply buy books-It’s not too much of a grind! Cut down one of the types of wood as mentioned earlier. You need 31 to 96 books. To cover up the cost, you need to level up, kill mobs or sell some items.

2. How to make a secret bookshelf door in Minecraft?

Pinch a door-shaped hole into a wall behind a painting. Put two signs to hang a painting that also allows you space for the walkthrough. Lastly, put back the painting and walk through the painting as you are a ghost. No one can see anything other than painting, and it will be your top secret.

3. How much sugarcane do you need for 15 bookshelves?

Sugar can is such an essential ingredient to make a book. In the case of making 15 bookshelves, you will need 135 sugar cane.

4. How many books do you need to make 15 bookshelves?

Books are such an asset for Minecraft players. The more books you have, the more bookshelves you can craft. You will need at least 45 books to make 15 bookshelves.

Final Words

Crafting a bookshelf can be fun. You can decorate your house, level-up your game with enchantment upgrade using bookshelves. Now that you are well-equipped with the recipe mentioned above of how to make a bookshelf in Minecraft, boost your gaming experience like a pro player.

Happy Minecrafting!

Want to learn more about Minecraft? How to Make a Book in Minecraft is a great read!

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Written by Abeeha Qasmi

Abeeha is a certified Content Writer and a Business Student. Being a canine enthusiast, she writes well-researched, engaging, and value-packed content. She loves to read & watch fiction-based content when not writing.

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