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University of Toronto - Robarts Library

The John P. Robarts Research Library, commonly referred to as Robarts Library, is the main humanities and social sciences library of the University of Toronto Libraries and the largest individual library in the university.

Opened in 1973 and named for John Robarts, the 17th Premier of Ontario, the library contains more than 4.5 million bookform items, 4.1 million microform items and 740,000 other items.

The library building is one of the most significant examples of brutalist architecture in North America. Its towering main structure rests on an equilateral triangular footprint and features extensive use of triangular geometric patterns throughout.

It forms the main component of a three-tower complex that also includes the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and the Claude Bissel Building, which houses the Faculty of Information. The library's imposing appearance has earned it the nickname of Fort Book.

Comprising fourteen storeys, plus two underground floors, the brutalist and futurist structure features raised podia and a suspended fourth floor. A mezzanine level physically connects Robarts Library to the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library building at its southeastern side, and to the Claude Bissel Building, housing the Faculty of Information, at its northeastern side.

The concrete waffle slab floor plates are adorned with triangular-patterned tessellation. A hexagonal central circulation atrium is enclosed at the core of the building and through the middle of the mezzanine level. The gross area of the building is over 1,036,000 square feet.


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Topics: Berwick-upon-Tweed (England), Durham (England : County) -- History, Newcastle upon Tyne (England),...
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by Society of Genealogists; Sherwood, George F. T. (George Frederick Tudor), b. 1867
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Topics: Genealogy -- Periodicals, genealogy
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by Society of Genealogists; Sherwood, George F. T. (George Frederick Tudor), b. 1867
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Topics: Genealogy -- Periodicals, genealogy
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by Phillimore, William Phillimore Watts, 1853-1913; Ruston-Harrison, C. W
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Cumberland, genealogy
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Topic: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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by Estcourt, Edgar Edmund, 1816-1884; Great Britain. Commissioners and Trustees for the Forfeited Estates; Great Britain. Public Record Office; Payne, John Orlebar, 1836-1911
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Topics: Catholics -- England, Catholic nonjurors -- England, Great Britain -- History George I, 1714-1727...
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vol. 1. 1630-1634
Topic: Wills
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"Authorities": pt. 1, v. 1, p. xxii-xxvi
Topic: University of Cambridge
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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Topic: University of Cambridge
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by Abram, William Alexander, 1835-1894
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Topic: Blackburn (England) -- History
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Topic: Wharfedale, Eng
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Topic: University of Cambridge
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Topic: University of Cambridge
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by Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne
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Topics: Archaeology -- Societies, etc, Great Britain -- Antiquities Societies, etc, Northumberland...
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by Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, genealogy
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Topics: Leeds (England) -- History, Leeds (England) -- Genealogy, Yorkshire (England) -- History
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Topics: Whalley, Eng. (Parish), Parish of Cartmell, Eng
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Topics: University of Oxford, University of Oxford, University of Oxford
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ROBA copy: Pages [3]-18 (2nd group) in duplicate
Topics: Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds (England) -- Directories
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Topics: Great Britain. Army, Great Britain. Army
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"Authorities": pt. 1, v. 1, p. xxii-xxvi
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Topics: England -- Ecclesiastical history, genealogy
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Vols. 1-[145] Nov. 1849-1923, called ser. [1]-13 (ser. 1-12 in 12 v. each, ser. 13 in 1 v.)
Topic: Questions and answers -- Periodicals
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Topics: University of Oxford, University of Oxford, University of Oxford
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Topics: England -- Ecclesiastical history, genealogy
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Topics: Architecture, Domestic -- England Yorkshire, Architecture, Renaissance, Yorkshire (England) --...
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Continuation of the Oxford University Alumni oxonienses, edited by Joseph Foster
Topic: University of Oxford
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Topics: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals, Great Britain -- History Periodicals, Great Britain --...
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Topic: Nobility -- Great Britain
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Topic: University of Cambridge
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Topics: Christ's College (University of Cambridge), University of Cambridge
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Topics: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals, Great Britain -- History Periodicals, Great Britain --...
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[Vol. 1] 1509-1573.- [Vol. 2] 1574-1585.- [Vol. 3] 1586-July, 1588.- [Vol. 4] Aug., 1588-Sept., 1592.- [Vol. 5] Oct., 1592-June, 1596.- [Vol. 6] July, 1596-Dec., 1597.- [Vol. 7] Jan., 1598-March, 1599.- [Vol. 8] April, 1599-Feb., 1600.- [Vol. 9] March-Oct., 1600.- [Vol. 10] 1 Nov., 1600-31 July, 1601.- [Vol. 11] 1601-1603; with Addenda, 1565-1654, and Calendar of the Hanmer Papers
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