How to make a bookshelf in Minecraft

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There are few things better than a good book. You can get lost in one and learn from being transported into diverse minds and worlds. Of course, you can also find new worlds in Minecraft—and you can find “books” there, too. Maybe you want a bookshelf for them. Maybe you want a bookshelf to make your enchanting go better, or maybe you want some just to look fancy. Whatever it is, we’ve got you covered.

Building a bookshelf

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To build a bookshelf, you will first need to make sure you have a 3×3 crafting table. If you’ve played for more than a hot minute, there’s a good chance you’ve got this already. If you haven’t, though, all you need to do is put four wood planks (of any kind) in the 2×2 crafting grid you start with, and you will be able to craft a crafting table.

Once you’ve got the table, simply put three wood planks (of any kind, it need not be the same type) in the top and bottom rows of your 3×3 grid. Put books in the middle row. Voila! You will create a bookshelf.

Building books

If you need to build books, you can do so by first harvesting sugar cane and turning the sugar cane into paper. To make paper, simply put three pieces of sugar cane in a row. You need three pieces of paper and to combine the paper with one piece of leather to build a book. Fill out a 2×2 portion of your grid with paper and leather in any order to make a book. Remember, you need three books to build a bookshelf, so harvest the correct number of materials accordingly.