How to Make a Lectern in Minecraft

How to make a Lectern in Minecraft

Minecraft is filled with tons of items that can be crafted by obtaining the right materials. The items you have crafted can be used for a ton of things like mining, cooking, storing materials and traveling. Lecterns are one of the items you can craft in Minecraft.A lectern in Minecraft acts like a bookshelf to store multiple books for other players to view in the multiplayer mode of Minecraft.In Minecraft, a lectern is an item used in a specific thing but holds a lot of importance when using books. It is helpful to keep quills and books for various works.It can also be used as a display piece in your house in which you can showcase a book and a quill. The lectern will also emit a red stone pulse anytime somebody right clicks on the lectern and turns the pages of the book placed on the lectern. In single-player mode, you can read books from the lectern if needed. Along with this, even in multiplayer mode, the player’s friends can read the books present on the lectern, and the player himself can read the books of his friends from the lectern. So if you also want to craft a lectern for your world, then you are in the right place. In this article, we will explain the method to craft a lectern. How to Make a Lectern in Minecraft

Supported Platforms

A lectern is available in the following versions of Minecraft

  • Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac) 
  • Minecraft Pocket Edition (PE) 
  • Minecraft Xbox One Edition 
  • Minecraft PS 4 Edition 
  • Minecraft Nintendo 
  • Minecraft Windows 10 Edition
  • Minecraft Education Edition 

How to Make a Lectern in Minecraft

Where to find a Lectern in Creative Mode

You can find a lectern in the Creative Inventory menu

  • Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac) :Redstone 
  • Minecraft Pocket Edition (PE) : Items
  • Minecraft Xbox Editions : Items
  • Minecraft PS Editions : Miscellaneous and Items
  • Minecraft Nintendo : Items
  • Minecraft Windows 10 Edition : Items
  • Minecraft Education Edition : Items

Required Materials to make a Lectern

The first we need to craft lectern are the materials required for crafting.  Here are the materials you need to begin crafting or the ingredients you will need for Lectern Recipe in Minecraft:

  • One bookshelf
  • Crafting Table
  • Four oak wood slabs
  • Four spruce wood slabs
  • Four birch wood slabs
  • Four jungle wood slabs
  • Four acacia wood slabs
  • Four dark oak wood slabs
  • Four crimson slabs
  • Four warped slabs

You can use any one of the wooden slabs mentioned above, all of them will work in crafting the lectern along with the bookshelf.

How to make a Lectern in Survival Mode

  • Open the Crafting Menu

Open the 3 by 3 crafting table, it should have 3 rows and 3 columns.

  • Add materials to the crafting table

Now that our crafting table is all set up we can go ahead and place the ingredients on it. To make a lectern you will need one bookshelf and four of any of one of the wooden slabs mentioned above.When crafting with wooden slabs, you can use any kind of wood slab, such as oak, spruce, birch, jungle, acacia, dark oak, crimson, or warped slabs.We will start off by placing 3 wooden slabs of our choice in the first row. In the second row, place 1 bookshelf in the middle box. In the third row, place 1 wooden slab ( same type of wooden slab used in the first row) in the middle box. If this method is followed properly the lectern should appear on the right hand side of the crafting table.

  • Place lectern in your inventory

After the lectern is visible on the right hand side of the crafting table, simply drag and drop the item into your inventory.

Item ID and Name

A lectern has the following Name and DataValue

  • Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac) : Lectern (minecraft:lectern)
  • Minecraft Pocket Edition (PE) : Lectern (minecraft:lectern) , 0
  • Minecraft Xbox One : Lectern (minecraft:lectern) , 0
  • Minecraft PS4 : Lectern (minecraft:lectern) , 0
  • Minecraft Nintendo Switch : Lectern (minecraft:lectern) , 0
  • Minecraft Windows 10 Edition : Lectern (minecraft:lectern) , 0
  • Minecraft Education Edition : Lectern (minecraft:lectern) , 0

Give Command for Lectern

To use the lectern command in Minecraft, open your chat window and enter the command below depending on the version you have.

  • Java Edition 1.13 and higher lectern command : /give @p lectern 1
  • PE, Xbox One, Switch, Win 10, Education Edition : /give @p lectern 1 0

What is the Lectern used for in Minecraft

  • Holding books

Lecterns can also hold a single book and quill or written book that other players can read at the same time

  • Changing profession

If a village has a lectern that has not been claimed by a villager, any villager has a chance to change their profession into librarian if those villagers have not already chosen a job site block.

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Note : Lecterns are the job site block of Librarian villagers. Librarian villagers do not use lecterns, such as placing books into them. They only stare at the lectern from less than a block away as “working”.


Lecterns are instrumental in ensuring you have a healthy supply of any enchanted books. A good librarian is hard to come by, but after a lot of inventory refreshes, you can have the perfect librarian who sells the desired enchanted book. It is also important to have a villager who will trade easily attainable materials for emeralds as emeralds are the basis for trading. Having a librarian makes it so you can trade paper which you can grow as sugarcane infinitely, meaning you can have infinite emeralds with enough time. Lecterns are a nice decorative block and function as a job promoter for unassigned villagers.So now that you know this, why don’t you use this to enhance your performance and fire up your game.