So I am curing zombie villagers in hopes to make a librarian.

Here's my process...

  1. I start off with a lit up room for the zombie villager with just a bed in it, with no workstation nearby.
  2. I find a zombie villager, making it follow me into that said room I built with just a bed.
  3. I throw a splash potion of weakness and give it a golden apple
  4. The zombie villager is now cured, but defaults to a tool smith - even with no workstations around or nearby his little room
  5. As there is no current workstation, I put down a lecturer next to the villager in hopes to turn him into a librarian from tool smith, but nothing happens. He remains as a tool smith.

I have tried to do the above on 3 different zombie villagers. All with separate rooms. But all of them defaults to tool smiths.

I watched tutorials and you can change the villager's profession by destroying their current workstation and putting down a new one to reflect the required profession.

So this has raised the below questions -

  1. Why do all the zombie villagers I cure always default to tool smiths even if there are no workstations nearby?
  2. How can I change one into a librarian if they didn't have a workstation in the first place when I cured a zombie villager?

I'm playing version 1.14 on the Xbox One.

  • 1
    Have you tried breaking the original work station?
    – leon
    Commented Aug 20, 2019 at 3:47
  • there was no workstation when i cured the zombie. I put the workstation (Lecturer) in after the zombie was cured, Commented Aug 20, 2019 at 7:12
  • every zombie i cure they always default to tool smiths. As much as i love tool smiths, I dont want loads. I cured another zombie, I destroyed all workstations nearby before curing it and put a lecturer in their little room. But even though theres a lecturer and no other workstations nearby, theyre still defaulting to tool smiths Commented Aug 20, 2019 at 7:25
  • Did you try to give them a bed? That has helped me before.
    – MunkyGurl
    Commented May 21, 2021 at 1:44
  • Villagers in bedrock are really finicky about job blocks. Once a villager claimed a job block 20 blocks below ground in my world...
    – Hacker
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2 Answers 2


I think you have to place a book and quill on the lectern as well :)


Destroy any unclaimed professional nearby. Try to assign the cured villager to another job professional.

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