Bookshelves contain an infinite number of books. Bookshelves can be used by adult Sims to study cooking or mechanical. Bookshelves can also be used by child Sims to study for school; doing so eventually raises the child's school grade. Sims can also read books from the bookshelf for enjoyment.
- Custom content is not listed. Some bookshelves were available for download at TheSims.com (as the website has been shut down, said bookshelves can be downloaded here), and shipped with The Sims: Complete Collection. Those bookshelves are not listed here.
List of bookshelvesEdit
|Cheap Pine Bookcase||The Sims||§250||1x1||This plain, functional bookcase will keep the books and souvenirs off the floor. It does the job, but that's about it. Sims can improve their cooking and mechanical skills by reading books. Kids can also use books to study and improve their grades.||
|Amishim Bookcase||The Sims||§500||1x1||This bookcase offers quality you will not find outside of SimCity. Amishim Furniture specializes in large bookcases with extra-thick shelves, eliminating the worry of bowing or breakage over time. Whether your Sims are just reading their favorite book for fun, doing some serious studying, or trying to improve their cooking or mechanical skills, these shelves were built to last.||
|Libri di Regina Bookcase||The Sims||§900||1x2||The bold European design of the Libri di Regina turns ordinary reading and studying into a passion for the written word. Adds style and sophistication to any room.|
Manufacturer: Iliterati & Co.
|"The Swing" Bookshelf||The Sims: Livin' Large||§910||1x1||Another instant classic from Gliteri & Co. The Swing is full of life and vitality. Pressure-treated and steam-twisted wood gives a humorous twist to any interior. Designer: Beni Dingi||
|Galvanator Bookshelf||The Sims: House Party||§925||1x1||System Name: "Galvanator Bookshelf"|
Description: Industrial Strength Shelving
Construction: Electrogalvanized zinc coated steel
Artist: Nial Stiik
|Ornery Owl Pioneer Bookcase||The Sims: House Party||§935||1x2||No self-respecting, educated homesteader was without an Ornery Owl bookcase. Shipped by flatcar, covered wagon or mule train, these heavy, ornate "book arks" were a real rarity and status symbol throughout the Old West. With the arrival of books and exotic "schools" years later, they also became increasingly useful.||Fun: 3|
|The Face of Shakespeare||The Sims: Superstar||§2,339||1x1||Are you a creative person seeking inspiration? Do you have a background in performing arts, but maybe lack some of that charismatic je-ne-sais-quoi? Well then this could be the answer to all your problems! Sharpen your wit, improve your charm by reciting your favorite play to this bust of the bard. He'll listen like no one else can.||
Sims can also use the bust of Shakespeare on top to build Charisma.
Fun: 3 Room: 3
The Sims 2Edit
|Game||The Sims 2|
Bookshelves contain an unlimited number of skill and non-skill books. They can be used by any Sim, child or older, to develop cooking, mechanical and cleaning skills. Sims can also read books from the bookshelf for enjoyment, or write in their diary. Teens and older can read books from the bookshelf to toddlers and children. Sims cannot study from the bookshelf to increase their grades, although young adults in college can use the bookshelf to do research.
Books are considered to be separate from the bookshelf, unlike The Sims. Since most books in The Sims 2 are considered to be the same and can be used for the same purposes, it is possible for a bookshelf to simply be sold after a Sim has removed a book from one. Books removed from a bookshelf can be placed on the ground or on tables, and can be used again an unlimited number of times. If a bookshelf is present, Sims can be instructed to put books back into the bookshelf, and neat Sims may do this autonomously after reading a book.
With Open for Business, books can be sold by marking any bookshelf with the sale tool. This allows players to start and run a simulated bookstore. Bookshelves will contain a limited number of books for sale. Once the stock runs out, the bookshelf will turn into a restock sign.
Bookshelves can be found in the "Hobbies > Knowledge" section of buy mode, and can be placed on both residential and community lots.
List of bookshelvesEdit
|CinderBooks by Retratech||The Sims 2||Buy mode||§200||1x1||Basic and unassuming, these simple planks and blocks represent the foundation of knowledge and learning. Read of love and adventure on a lonely night or learn how engines work in an afternoon. Buy one today!||
Available colors: Knotty Pine, Old wood, Black
|Craftmeister Booknook||The Sims 2||Buy mode||§250||1x1||Spy thriller, sci-fi, romance, horror, horror romance — all your favorite stories have a place on this set of shelves from Craftmeister. Made from reconstituted and regurgitated chipboard, the Booknook is a testament to recycling. Some assembly required, but no Fortran.||
Available colors: Oak, Black, Pine, Old wood, Mahogany
|BiblioFile Bookcase||The Sims 2||Buy mode||§400||1x1||The BiblioFile Bookcase is a real space-saver for book lovers. Made of recycled pressboard, the BiblioFile is sturdy enough to hold all kinds of trinkets and volumes but lightweight enough that it won't leave those embarrasing [sic] dents in the carpet.||
Available colors: Pressed Pine, Pine
|Double-Helix Designer Bookshelf||The Sims 2||Buy mode||§650||1x1||For higher learning at a higher price, look no further than the volumes of the Double-Helix bookshelf. Whether you're a voracious reader or just want your friends to think you are, the Double-Helix is for you!||
|Novellas Nouveau Bookcase||The Sims 2||Buy mode||§800||1x1||With fluid form and classy curves, Novellas Nouveau is more than any simple "bookshelf." Its very design speaks volumes as to the tastes of its owner. With an air of authority and sense of sophistication, placing this work of art in the home will not only make the room look more intelligent, it might even broaden your mind.||
|Renaissance Bookcase by Literary Designs||The Sims 2||Buy mode||§950||1x1||Stack your Shakespeare with pride in this beautifully finished wood piece that really is much ado about something. Hard metal fixtures, engraved wood skirting and intricate claw feet make the Renaissance bookcase an enlightened residence for your most treasured books. Literary Designs, because your classics deserve a classic home.||
Available colors: Red wood, Dark wood, Brown wood
|Dahlen Library Bookcases||The Sims 2: University||Buy mode||§700||1x1||The perfect furnishings for any library or personal reading room... Dahlen's line of high-rise bookcases was inspired by his vast personal library and the city skyline outside his study window.||
Available colors: Oak, Black, Pine, Old wood, Mahogany
|First Class Shelves by Well Bred and Co.||The Sims 2: Glamour Life Stuff||Buy mode||§900||1x1||A stellar book can be a rousing adventure tightly nestled within the fibers of paper and ink. First Class Shelves are a guarantee that your journey is one of luxury and leisure. Leave the heavy lifting, bore, toil and trouble to the porters and concierge -- for your literary delights, it's First Class all the way.||
|Books First for Learning: A Bookshelf of Education||The Sims 2: Seasons||Limited||1x1||Books First, the revolutionary new education system sweeping the community is now ready to enter the homes of working educators with A Bookshelf of Education. Knowledge can be obtained for any discipline via the Golden Book of Cornelius von Schtoop. Taking the first step to a life of learning is like the first step in a candy store-delicious.||
|EDUKATE Shelf by Fun in the Sun||The Sims 2: Teen Style Stuff||Buy mode||§325||1x1||You know what most bookshelves are missing? Poles! Where others fail the Fun in the sun EDUKATE Shelf delivers in spades. With four sturdy poles and a curved frame, this shelf will spread fun from wherever it is placed.||
|The Better Bookshelf by It Creations||The Sims 2: Teen Style Stuff||Buy mode||§375||1x1||It Creations knows that you're perfect and you don't need any stinking books to better yourself. Nevertheless, you have books lying around and wouldn't it just look nicer to have them all on a bookshelf? The Better bookshelf provides plenty of fashionable shelf space for all your books and smaller belongings, while also providing a sense of accomplishment and cleanliness.||
Available colors: White, Blue, Pink, Yellow
|Higher Education by Darkness||The Sims 2: Teen Style Stuff||Buy mode||§425||1x1||If books take on the properties of the bookcase they are placed in, be careful when filling the Higher Education bookcase from Darkness. Some have said that a power lurks inside the wood used to make these shelves, although Darkness has claimed this to be nothing but exaggerated rumor.||
Available colors: White, Red, Purple, Grey
|Bookworm's Delight||The Sims 2: FreeTime||Buy mode||§800||1x1||A bookshelf connoisseur's dream, a literary masterpiece! This bookshelf, while simple in design, is made from striking wood and is measured to hold the entire Encyclopedia America set in one shelf. Additionally, it comes with matching bookends, magazine holders, and several other accessories that will make book collectors squeal (or at least sigh contentedly) with delight.||
Available colors: Old wood, Black, Oak, Mahogany, Pine
|BILLY Bookcase||The Sims 2: IKEA Home Stuff||Buy mode||§190||1x1||There is an ancient legend that a wild bookcase used to roam the plains, casting fear on the other bookcases with its wild colors and renegade ways. IKEA has tamed BILLY and made him available for the masses at a price that's almost criminal itself. Don't be afraid to take one of these wild ones home today.||
Available colors: Black, Red, Birch, Beech, White
|TrekBuks Bookcase||The Sims 2: Apartment Life||Buy mode||§590||1x1||Are you looking for an educational journey of thrills and excitement? Want to polish off those rusty skills and get into the fast lane of success? This ultra modern influenced bookcase is sure to give your brain a charge by just being in your home.||
Available colors: Dark wood, Light wood, Steel, Medium wood
|Mysterous [sic] [n 1] Looking Bookcase||The Sims 2: Apartment Life||Buy mode||§750||1x2||There is nothing really mysterious about this bookcase, but why does it seem like something is hidden behind it? Something important, that no one should see? Nah, it's probably nothing.||
Available colors: Dark wood, Red wood, Brown wood, Old wood
|Very Mysterious Shelving||The Sims 2: Apartment Life||Buy mode||§1,200||1x2||Many centuries ago, Morgana, and [sic] aspiring witch, married a man who was very suspicious of the supernatural. For their love to have a chance, she had to keep her craft a secret from her husband. It didn't take her long to figure out that he hated books almost as much as magic and spam, so she came up with this secret door to protect the pathway to her hidden chambers. Now that Morgana and her husband are no more, only a few people know how to activate the secret mechanism - maybe the secret is lost forever?||
Must be placed on a wall. Doubles as a door. Sims will not autonomously use the door; the player must select the bookshelf and manually instruct Sims to use it.
Available colors: Red wood, Dark brown wood, Old wood, Brown wood
The Sims 3Edit
|Game||The Sims 3|
In The Sims 3, bookshelves hold books, but books must be purchased individually. The interface allows the player to move books into and out of the bookshelf. Unlike in The Sims and The Sims 2, where Sims can get the same books from different shelves, in The Sims 3, different bookshelves will have different books in them. (eg. Bookshelf 1 has a cookbook in it but not Bookshelf 2. The Sim cannot get a cookbook from Bookshelf 2, unless the cookbook is placed in Bookshelf 2.)
Bookshelves placed on residential lots automatically contain low level skill books, a toddler book, and several general books. Bookshelves placed on library community lots automatically contain a variety of books. Certain bookshelves when placed on a library will generate certain books.
- The Book Corral, Penningway Bookshelf, Cobalt Codex Bookshelf[TS3:ITF], and Tower of Biblio Triple Bookshelf[TS3:ITF] will generate skill books.
- Classically Tasteful Literature Shelving, SolidShelf 9000[TS3:S], and Summer By The Sea Shelf[TS3:S] will generate toddler books.
- A-Frame Bookshelf by Clap 'n' Board[TS3:UL] will generate comic books.
Note while the one-story and three-story bookshelves from Into the Future will generate skill books in libraries, the two-story bookshelf won't.
List of bookshelvesEdit
|Classically Tasteful Literature Shelving||The Sims 3||Buy mode||§175||1x2||Perhaps a tad old fashioned, this shelf displays your good taste in reading material. We hold fast that the good guys should be grand, the naughty villains cunning and all love stories honest and pure. In a rough world, let our shelves protect your happy ending.|
|Back2School Bookshelf||The Sims 3||Buy mode||§250||1x1||Made to withstand the stressful rigors of academia, the Back2School Bookshelf boasts a shelf strength of over 400 tons – more than enough to hold all those overpriced textbooks you decided to keep because they might “come in handy someday,” but never do.|
|21st Century Library Bookshelf||The Sims 3||Buy mode||§325||1x1||Everybody loves recycling, right? That’s why we took genuine 20th-century hardwood library bookshelves and smashed them to a pulp in order to create these all new 21st-century library bookcases! They look the same, just more modern!|
|Shelves del Libro||The Sims 3||Buy mode||§350||1x1||This uniquely Spanish design expands the role of the traditional bookshelf to include more than just storing books. It can also shelve a variety of volumes, tomes, novels, leaflets, manuals, textbooks, paperbacks, magazines, and sacred scrolls.||
Shelves del Libro has an environment score of 3.
|The Book Corral||The Sims 3||Buy mode||§430||1x1||Rustle up all the books you plan to read someday, and display them in style with the Book Corral. Each flat shelf allows for quick and easy book retrieval, just like the kind settlers used back in the day.||
The Book Corral has an environment score of 7. It is an essential component of any world because when placed in a library is fills up with skill books, allowing townies and NPCs to improve their skills autonomously.
|Bookshelf Revisited||The Sims 3||Buy mode||§545||1x1||Renowned bookshelf architect, Hans Whippleton, offers his latest creation, Bookshelf Revisited. “I wanted to create a shelf that doesn’t just store books, but cradles them” he asserted. Whippleton’s approach seems to be resonating, as several Revisited knock-offs prepare to hit the market.||
Bookshelf Revisited has an environment score of 10. The name appears to be a play on the Evelyn Waugh novel Brideshead Revisited".
|Penningway Bookshelf||The Sims 3||Buy mode||§710||1x2||The Penningway Bookshelf presents a rich feast for the mind! This intellectual wonderland is first carved from an 800 year old redwood, then pressed from the pulp of recycled books to create a stunning place to store your novels.||
Penningway Bookshelf has an environment score of 14.
|The Constitutional Bookshelf||The Sims 3||Buy mode||§980||1x1||The Constitutional bookcase is based on the same model Benjamin Franklin used to hide his secret vault... the same vault that allegedly housed a trove of trinkets and treasure maps. Join the adventure by ordering your own Constitutional today!||
The Constitutional Bookshelf has an environment score of 18.
|Distinguished Bookcase||The Sims 3||Buy mode||§1,250||2x1||When showing your fine tomes to impress the world it's important to remember that the bookcase is just as important as the books on display. For those times where just any old bookcase won't do, the Distinguished bookcase does the job with a class and elegance that's missing from lesser bookcases. Your books deserve the best. They deserve the Distinguished Bookcase.||Fun: 4|
|Sturdy Shelf||The Sims 3||Buy mode||§1650||1x2||During the sci-fi craze of the 1950’s, visionaries often dreamt of a future filled with space travel, cell phones, and hover shelves. Well, two out of three isn’t bad. And until the hover shelf is perfected, most make due with a Sturdy Shelf.||
The Sturdy Shelf has an environment score of 23.
|Posture-Perfect Bookshelf||The Sims 3: World Adventures||Buy mode||§390||1x2||We’ve always been told not to judge a book by its cover. However, judging it by its posture is a whole different story. No one likes a slouching book, so help keep your favorite literary devices’ posture intact with the Posture-Perfect Bookshelf.||
The Posture-Perfect Bookshelf has an environment score of 5.
|Class-E Bookshelf||The Sims 3: World Adventures||Buy mode||§630||1x1||Some bookshelves skulk around hiding in dark corners and avoid meeting your eye. Some slouch stoutly against the walls with disaffected apathy. And some, like the Class-E Bookcase, stand tall and proud, commanding admiration as they grandly display the books they hold.||
The Class-E Bookshelf has an environment score of 12.
|FormFunk B-Shelf||The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff||Buy mode||§950||1x1||Humble materials. Color-impregnated Plexiglas. Simple repeated forms. This is the vocabulary of the design collective known simply as "FormFunk." This rhythmic and rigorous book display was featured in this year's "Objects of Desire" exhibition.||
The FormFunk B-Shelf has an environment score of 17.
|FormFunk G-Shelf||The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff||Buy mode||§950||1x1||Made as a clever companion for the B-Shelf, FormFunk once again displays their sense of humor mixed with rigor. Utility remains front and center in this delightful nod to mid-century cynicism and desire.||
The FormFunk G-Shelf has an environment score of 17.
|Precarious Shelving||The Sims 3: Late Night||Buy mode||§500||1x2||This artful display allows you to display all your prized books in a manner that looks as though it may fall over at any minute. It easily holds all of your glorious full-color coffee table books, from "A Love Letter to Cupcakes" to "Tran's Crossing: A Crossroads in Photos.||
The Precarious Shelving has an environment score of 15.
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The Sims 4Edit
|Game||The Sims 4|
Like The Sims 3, bookshelves generate a random selection of books when placed. However, their default selection never contains skill books. Some bookshelves come with a themed inventory, such as the base game Toddler Bookcase, which comes with a set of toddler books. All bookshelves on a lot share the same inventory. So, for example, putting a book away in one bookshelf makes it available in every other bookshelf on the lot.
Every bookshelf has a fun score of 5, except for the Get Famous bookshelves, which have a fun score of 4. As of Patch 91 (the Tiny Living Stuff patch), several decorative stacks of books have been turned into functional bookshelves. Tiny Living Stuff also features two entertainment centers that combine a bookshelf, a television and a stereo into a single object, which both have a fun score of 2.
List of bookshelvesEdit
|Vintage Books||The Sims 4||Build mode||§60||1x1||These books can be placed on a surface.|
|Botanical Bookends||The Sims 4: Tiny Living Stuff||Build mode||§80||1x1||These books can be placed on a surface.|
|Never Forget Book||The Sims 4: City Living||Build mode||§120||1x1||These books can be placed on a surface.|
|Fabricated Bookshelf||The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle||Debug||§125||2x1||This bookshelf cannot be bought without cheats. It must be crafted with the fabrication skill.|
|Kid's Bookcase||The Sims 4||Build mode||§135||1x1|
|Libearian||The Sims 4: Moschino Stuff||Build mode||§140||1x1||These books can be placed on a surface.|
|Intellectual Illusion Wall-Mounted Bookshelves||The Sims 4||Build mode||§175||1x1||This bookshelf must be placed on a wall.|
|School Binders and Bookend||The Sims 4||Build mode||§180||1x1||These books can be placed on a surface.|
|The Book Paladin - by Ramshackle Recyclery||The Sims 4: Discover University||Build mode||§215||1x1|
|Bright Eyes Bookcase||The Sims 4||Build mode||§240||1x1|
|Borded Text||The Sims 4: City Living||Build mode||§240||2x1|
|Edgier Laddercase||The Sims 4||Build mode||§240||1x1||This bookshelf must be placed on a wall.|
|Objet Trouvé Bookcase||The Sims 4: Discover University||Build mode||§245||2x1|
|Toddler Bookcase||The Sims 4||Build mode||§250||1x1|
|This Time It's Srs Bookshelf||The Sims 4: Kids Room Stuff||Build mode||§300||2x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 4.|
|Lean-To Learning||The Sims 4: Fitness Stuff||Build mode||§300||2x1|
|BroHill Story Time Bookshelf||The Sims 4: Parenthood||Build mode||§300||1x1|
|Book Fair Bear||The Sims 4: My First Pet Stuff||Build mode||§300||1x1|
|Rack 'Em & Stack 'Em Book Case||The Sims 4: Seasons||Build mode||§300||2x1||This bookshelf can only properly fit in a building with medium or tall walls.|
|Regal Bookcase||The Sims 4: StrangerVille||Build mode||§300||2x1||This bookshelf can only properly fit in a building with medium or tall walls.|
|The Tastefully Empty Bookcase||The Sims 4: Moschino Stuff||Build mode||§300||2x1|
|Mandrake Bookshelf||The Sims 4: Realm of Magic||Build mode||§300||1x1|
|Power Tower Bookcase||The Sims 4: Tiny Living Stuff||Build mode||§300||1x1|
|Young Minds Zen Bookcase||The Sims 4||Build mode||§305||2x1|
|Cube To The Cube Bookshelf Solution||The Sims 4: Discover University||Build mode||§350||2x1|
|The Enigma||The Sims 4||Build mode||§400||2x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 2.|
|Versatile Bookcase||The Sims 4: Get Famous||Build mode||§400||2x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 3.|
|The Shugart Bookstation||The Sims 4||Build mode||§460||2x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 2.|
|Hovercraft Miniframe||The Sims 4||Build mode||§530||2x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 2.|
|The Colonial Bookworm||The Sims 4: Discover University||Build mode||§600||2x1|
|Mega Bookcase||The Sims 4||Build mode||§725||2x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 2.|
|Rectangle with Shelves Bookshelf||The Sims 4: Get to Work||Build mode||§760||2x1||This bookshelf is unlocked at level 9 of the detective career. It also has an environment score of 2.|
|The Bibliophile's Bookcase||The Sims 4: Get to Work||Build mode||§865||2x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 5.|
|Rip Tide||The Sims 4: City Living||Build mode||§900||2x1||This bookshelf must be placed on a wall.|
|Revolutionary Book Storage||The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs||Build mode||§900||2x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 4.|
|RAW Bookshelf||The Sims 4||Build mode||§990||1x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 3.|
|Lost in Transit||The Sims 4: City Living||Build mode||§1,040||3x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 4.|
|Simple Symmetry Bookcase||The Sims 4||Build mode||§1,395||1x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 4.|
|Executron Bookshelf||The Sims 4||Build mode||§1,395||2x1||This bookshelf is unlocked at level 8 of the business career while in the Management branch. It also has an environment score of 7.|
|Industrial Étagère||The Sims 4||Build mode||§1,465||2x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 4.|
|Take Me Srsly Bookshelf||The Sims 4: Kids Room Stuff||Build mode||§1,535||1x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 4.|
|The Floatin' Shelf||The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs||Build mode||§1,560||2x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 7.|
|Barrister's Bookcase||The Sims 4: Discover University||Build mode||§1,600||2x1||This bookshelf is unlocked at level 7 of the law career. It also has an environment score of 5.|
|Libraer: The IV Best Bookcase||The Sims 4: Get to Work||Build mode||§1,675||2x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 5.|
|Endless Wonder on a Shelf||The Sims 4: Get Together||Build mode||§1,700||2x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 5.|
|Deep Thoughts Bookcase||The Sims 4||Build mode||§1,745||2x1||This bookshelf is unlocked at level 10 of the writer career while in the Journalist branch. It also has an inspiring décor score of 8.|
|Caress Bookcase||The Sims 4||Build mode||§1,800||2x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 5.|
|Mortimer's Secrets Bookcase||The Sims 4: Discover University||Build mode||§1,900||2x1||This bookshelf can only properly fit in a building with medium or tall walls. It also has an environment score of 5.|
|Spellbound Bookcase||The Sims 4: Realm of Magic||Build mode||§1,975||3x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 5.|
|Towering Intellect Dual Book Case||The Sims 4||Build mode||§2,000||2x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 5.|
|The Muse||The Sims 4||Build mode||§2,160||2x1||This bookshelf is unlocked at level 9 of the writer career while in the Author branch. It also has an inspiring décor score of 8.|
|Media Marathoner All-on-the-Wall||The Sims 4: Tiny Living Stuff||Build mode||§2,260||1x1||This is an entertainment center that combines a television, a bookshelf and a stereo. It must be placed on a wall.|
|Princess Cordelia Bookcase||The Sims 4||Build mode||§2,790||2x1||This bookshelf has an environment score of 7.|
|Media Marathoner||The Sims 4: Tiny Living Stuff||Build mode||§2,890||2x1||This is an entertainment center that combines a television, a bookshelf and a stereo.|
|Hand Gilded Book Repository||The Sims 4: Get Famous||Build mode||§3,000||2x1||This bookshelf can only properly fit in a building with medium or tall walls. It also has an environment score of 3.|