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Minecraft: How to Craft a Lectern, Lectern Recipe Explained

The Lectern is a unique item in Minecraft, and this guide breaks down how to create one and how you can use it.

At first look, Lecterns may appear to be nothing more than a decorative item in Minecraft. However, they do have uses of their own, including turning Villagers into Librarians and they can hold a book for players to read. While you have a chance to find them in Village Libraries, you may want to craft your own. Here is how to make a Lectern in Minecraft.

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How to Make Minecraft Lectern

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The recipe to make a Lectern in Minecraft requires you to find four Slabs and a Bookshelf to craft it. The Slabs can be of any wooden type and can be mix-and-matched in the crafting process. You need to craft a pack of six using three Wooden Planks to get the four Slabs. To get the Bookshelf, you can find one in Villages or Strongholds or prepare it using six Wooden Planks and three Books.

When you have your Slabs and Bookshelf, go to a Crafting Table. The crafting recipe requires the Bookshelf to be in the center slot, the Slabs in the top three squares, and one in the middle bottom row. Move the Lectern to your inventory to complete the crafting process.

How To Use a Lectern In Minecraft

Now that you have a Minecraft Lectern, you can place it somewhere as a decorative item and hold a Book for you and others to read. If you would instead use it to make a Librarian Villager, trap off a Villager in a small, enclosed area. If they already have a job, destroy the job block they use.

Now that you have them unemployed place the Lectern near them and place a Bed so they can sleep and restock their trading items each day. They will put on glasses and a red hat when they become a Librarian, and when you trade with them, they will offer up items like Enchanted Books and Bookshelves.

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