The Bat Libraries of Portugal

Bibliophiles aren’t the only ones that love hanging out in the library. Given the chance bats too would love to roost there and eat the bugs and bookworms that feast on old manuscripts. That’s exactly how generations of bats have been keeping safe the prized collection in two Portuguese libraries—the Mafra Palace Library in Mafra and the Biblioteca Joanina in Coimbra.

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The Biblioteca Joanina. Photo: xiquinhosilva/Wikimedia


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