Before the announcement of the Minecraft 1.20 update, all the bookshelves in-game were purely decorative. They looked like bookshelves but had no feature to store books in them. The only practical purpose of these bookshelves was to power the enchanting table in Minecraft. Now, things are about to change with the upcoming update. As silly as it might sound, you can finally store books on bookshelves in-game. All you need to do is figure out how to make a chiseled bookshelf in Minecraft and bring your home library to life.
How to Craft a Chiseled Bookshelf in Minecraft (2022)
Note: The chiseled bookshelf is only available as an experimental feature in Minecraft 1.20 Beta and 22w42a Snapshot at the moment. Everything from their texture to their mechanics is subject to change in the final release.
What is a Chiseled Bookshelf
The chiseled bookshelf is a storage block in Minecraft that allows you to store “book and quill”, written books, regular books, and even enchanted books. Each bookshelf can hold up to six books at one time. The number of books is visually displayed on the chiseled bookshelf, even though there is no visual indicator of the type of each book.
Moreover, unlike utility blocks or other storage blocks, there is also no unique UI available for this block. Instead, you have to directly walk up to the chiseled bookshelf and place books on it. But more on that later.
Items Required to Make a Chiseled Bookshelf
You only need to collect the following items to create a chiseled bookshelf in Minecraft:
You can use any type of wood in Minecraft to craft the chiseled bookshelf. The planks don’t even have to use the same type of wood in this crafting recipe. Now, for those unaware, you can easily get planks by putting wood logs in the crafting area. Though, if you want to use bamboo wood in Minecraft, you will have to combine four pieces of bamboo. Check out the linked guide for more information.
Meanwhile, you need to place three pieces of planks adjacent to each other in any row of the crafting area to make wood slabs. Three wood planks will give you six wood slabs. We only need three slabs to make a chiseled bookshelf in Minecraft.
Chiseled Bookshelf Crafting Recipe in Minecraft
Once you have collected all the materials, follow the steps below to craft a chiseled bookshelf in Minecraft:
1. First, fill the middle row of the crafting area with wood slabs.
2. Then, place wood planks in all the remaining cells of the crafting area. You need to completely fill the topmost and bottommost rows. And well, the output will be the chiseled bookshelf.
How to Use a Minecraft Chiseled Bookshelf
Using a chiseled bookshelf is simple in Minecraft. Follow these steps to quickly familiarize yourself with this new item in-game:
1. First, equip the chiseled bookshelf in your inventory and place it on a flat surface.
2. Then, equip the book-based item you want to put in the chiseled bookshelf and right-click or use the secondary action key on the chiseled bookshelf. The chiseled bookshelf will get filled each time you place an item.
3. If you want to pick any book back from the chiseled bookshelf, you have to right-click or use the secondary action key on it. Just make sure you are not holding another book-based item while doing so. Not to forget, the chiseled bookshelf follows a stack order. So, the item you place last will get removed first.
Other Uses of Chiseled Bookshelf
Once all your books are in place, you can also use the chiseled bookshelves in the following ways:
Fuel: Being a wooden item, you can use the chiseled bookshelf as fuel in furnaces and blast furnaces.Decorative: Just like the regular bookshelf, this new block also acts as a decorative block. In fact, thanks to the semi-filled variety, it can be used to create a more realistic library.Redstone Signal: The chiseled bookshelf sends a Redstone signal based on the number of items stored. This signal can be detected and utilized with the help of a Redstone comparator.
Make and Use a Chiseled Bookshelf in Minecraft
Whether you want to upgrade your Minecraft house ideas or simply want a new storage option in-game, the new chiseled bookshelves have your back. But they are just one of the exciting new features of the Minecraft 1.20 update. You can check our dedicated guide to learn about all the features we expect in the upcoming update. Having said that, do you think bookshelves are better than chiseled bookshelves? Tell us in the comments below!