How To Make A Lectern In Minecraft 2023 – A Textbook Guide

Do you want someone to fill the role of a Librarian? If so, you’ll need to learn how to make a Lectern in Minecraft.

Minecraft’s wide and blocky world would be lonely and boring if you were the only human being around. That’s why there are villagers and other people in the game too. You can give them jobs, trade with them, protect them from invasions, and even breed them for goodness sake!

You can give a villager an occupation by using a Job Block like a Lectern. A Lectern will turn a normal villager into a Librarian. In this article, we’ll go over how to make a Lectern in Minecraft. 

What is a Lectern in Minecraft?

Lectern In Minecraft

A Lectern at first glance, is a building and decorative block that can be used to store books or simply as a decoration inside your house or base. But more than that, a Lectern can be used as a Job Site Block to turn an unemployed villager into a Librarian Villager.

Librarian Villagers are some of the best traders in the game as they can provide you with the best Enchanted Books and even come with rare ones like Mending and Unbreaking. Not to mention that you don’t need to level them up to get better Enchantments.

If the Librarian doesn’t have the book you need, you can simply mine the Lectern and place it again to change the Enchanted Book offered by the Librarian. You can repeat this process as many times as needed till you get your book as long as you haven’t traded it with the Librarian before.

With that being said, let’s learn how to make a Lectern in Minecraft.

How to Make a Lectern in Minecraft

How To Make A Lectern In Minecraft

1. Get the materials

To make a Lectern in Minecraft, you need to have the following:

  • 4 Wooden Slabs
  • A Bookshelf
  • Crafting Table

Wooden Slabs

You can use any kind of wood for your Wooden Slabs. Place 3 Wooden Planks of the same kind on a horizontal pattern in your Crafting Table to get 6 Wooden Slabs.

Crafting Table

If you don’t already have a Crafting Table, you can make one by placing Wooden Planks on the 2×2 Crafting Grid. You’ll be using this in the crafting process.

The tricky part of making a Lectern in Minecraft is the Bookshelf. 

2. Make a Bookshelf


To make a bookshelf, you need 6 wood planks and 3 books. First, get the easy one by mining some Wood and turning it into Wood Planks. Then you can set that aside and make some books with Leather and Paper.  

Getting Leather

Leather can be obtained from cows. So look for a Grassland and start searching for them. Not all cows drop leather when slain, so keep hunting until you find 3 leather. Then, you will need paper which can be obtained from Sugarcane.

Getting Sugarcane

Sugarcane can be found beside Riverbeds and Water Source Blocks. You can keep looking until you have enough or farm them by growing them on sand or dirt. You need 3 Leather and 9 pieces of Paper for 3 books.

Crafting to Make a Bookshelf

Open your Crafting Menu and place 3 Sugarcane in a row to make Paper. 

The recipe for a Book is pretty easy since you can just place 1 Leather and 3 Paper anywhere in the Crafting Grid to make one.

Once you have 3 books, place them on the center row of your Crafting Table and fill the remaining slots with Wood Planks to make a Bookshelf.

3. Craft a Lectern


Open your Crafting Table once again and place the Bookshelf on the center slot. Fill the top row with Wood Slabs and place one Wood Slab directly below the Bookshelf.

It won’t matter what kind of slab you are using, as it won’t change the appearance of your Lectern.

Once everything is arranged properly, a Lectern will appear in the result box, which you can drag to your inventory. Congratulations! You now know how to make a Lectern in Minecraft.

How to Use a Lectern in Minecraft

Now that you know how to make a Lectern in Minecraft, it’s time to learn how to use it.

Lectern in Minecraft

A Lectern is a nice piece of furniture that can hold books and a quill. You can read books on the Lectern, so it can be used as a way to leave someone a message.

But Lecterns are primarily used as a Job Site Block for Villagers to turn them into Librarians. Simply place it in a desired location, and a Villager would automatically search for a Job Site Block.

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Now you know how to make a Lectern in Minecraft. So get out there and start making some bookworms. Minecraft needs more of them.

If you want to be one yourself or be more effective and smart in Minecraft, make sure you bookmark our Minecraft section and visit often.

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