How to Make a Chiseled Bookshelf in Minecraft

If you ever wanted to have your secret lair behind a bookshelf in Minecraft, just like they do in the movies, you’re in great luck. One of the first additions announced for the 1.20 Update was a new form of bookshelf, which would emit redstone signals and allow you to store individual books. This was only viable with a lectern up until now. So, let’s check out how to make a Chiseled Bookshelf in Minecraft.

What Is a Chiseled Bookshelf in Minecraft

Chiseled Bookshelves are one of the new blocks that will be added to Minecraft in the next update (as of May 2023). These will work somewhat like a storage block, allowing you to add up to 3 books on each shelf (totaling 6 books). But I’ll talk more about that below.

For now, let’s see how easy it is to make these in Minecraft.

How to Craft a Chiseled Bookshelf in Minecraft

Chiseled Bookshelf Recipe

To craft a Chiseled Bookshelf in Minecraft, you’ll need to gather some wood and make a few planks and slabs. You can check out the crafting recipe for a Chiseled Bookshelf above, which requires the following materials:

  • 6 Wooden Planks
  • 3 Wooden Slabs

Thankfully, you can use any type of slabs or planks you want, including the upcoming Bamboo variants. Bamboo Mosaics and their slab counterparts will not work in this recipe, though.

How to Use a Chiseled Bookshelf in Minecraft

Now that you’ve obtained some Chiseled Bookshelves, it’s time to get creative with them. As I said above, these are primarily used as a book-exclusive alternative to chests. But they can also act like a Redstone block, which I’m sure will prompt many of you to make some really cool-looking secret rooms.

Store Books

Storing Books on a Chiseled Bookshelf

Chiseled Bookshelves will hold a total of 6 books each. The position of each book depends on the slot you’re aiming at. However, the texture of each filled slot remains the same, regardless of which book you add to it.

Speaking of that, you can basically add every type of book in Minecraft inside a Chiseled Bookshelf. From enchanted books and written books to good old books and quills, all of them can interact with this new block.

And, since we’re on the topic of how these books will interact with these new bookshelves, let’s cover their Redstone capabilities.

Redstone Circuits

Look, I’m not the best when it comes to Redstone builds, but these new blocks got me really excited to get my engineering hat back on. Each slot on a Chiseled Bookshelf will emit a different signal when connected to a Redstone Comparator. 

Plus, Chiseled Bookshelves will be able to interact with Hoppers, with the latter having the ability to remove and add books to the former. I’m pretty sure that this will make for some very interesting builds once the update is out.


Now that you know how to make a Chiseled Bookshelf in Minecraft, what do you plan to do with them? Will you just build a big plain library or create a secret room where you’ll hide all your Diamonds and Netherite? Send us your builds over on the Minecraft Forum!