30% OFF First Invoice

Code at Checkout: TRICKYTRIALS

Minecraft: Chiseled Bookshelf

Posted: Jan 16, 2023 in Minecraft

mc head By Kevin Lott


Minecraft 1.20 introduces a new block: the chiseled bookshelf! That is the first new storage-related item added in a long time. The chiseled bookshelf is essentially a working bookshelf item! Today, we’re going to go over everything you need to know about the chiseled bookshelf, Minecraft’s coolest Redstone component. Let’s begin!

Chiseled Bookshelf

Chiseled Bookshelf

When the Chiseled bookshelf was first revealed in Minecraft Live, it was a little different. Texture-wise, it was identical, but functionally, you had to load this thing from one side all the way to the other side. Now, you can load each book in any order you want. Interestingly enough, they also have a unique sound that occurs when walking on top of them.

Minecraft library chiseled bookshelves
chiseled bookshelf crafting recipe

Ok, that’s all fine and dandy, but what’s really the story with this block? Well, a functional bookshelf is pretty cool. It is essentially a chest that stores just books, but there’s more to it than that. The block has a lovely design that acts as a variant of the current bookshelf, especially with the lovely legend which can be seen on each book. This block holds 6 books of any kind, whether they’re written, signed, enchanted, or just books. There are two rows, each holding 3. Interacting with an empty slot with a book in hand places the book inside the bookshelf. Interacting with a slot that currently has a book will remove the book. Interacting with a slot that currently has a book while holding a book, the book will come back out.

To craft the chiseled bookshelves, all you need is 6 planks of wood and 3 slabs in the middle. Like a wood sandwich! Any wood works, but it does not change the tone of the bookshelf wood. Just like normal bookshelves, if you break it, it will drop books rather than drop the block itself. If you want to mine the block, you need Silk Touch.

Redstone Component

Redstone? What are you on about? Well, I’ll tell you. The chiseled bookshelf actually has decent functionality with Redstone. Hooking a comparator to the back of the chiseled bookshelf allows the comparator to output a signal equivalent to the slot number that you interacted with most recently. This is awesome! This allows you to determine exactly how strong the signal is depending on which slot you interact with. Very cool!

Chiseled Bookshelf Redstone

In this example I’ve provided, you can see that I’ve placed the book in slot 4, the first one from the left on the second shelf. This allows a Redstone signal with a power of 4 to be outputted behind the bookshelf through the Redstone. So neat! Different types of books have no effect on the signals. Using Redstone without a comparator or with a repeater provides no Redstone signal whatsoever. For those who are interested, using the chiseled bookshelf also triggered sculk sensors.


The chiseled bookshelf is an extremely interesting block with some very cool functionality. I believe the design is awesome, the ability to place books in different parts of the bookshelf is neat, and I appreciate the design a lot more than default bookshelves. Having both though enables libraries to look much more varied. Regardless, I hope you found this blog helpful. Have a great day!

Start Your Minecraft Server

Get started with your own minecraft server in 5 min and start trying out these great features.