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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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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Winstedt, Eric Otto
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Topic: Atticus, Titus Pomponius
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Winstedt, Eric Otto
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Topic: Atticus, Titus Pomponius
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Mayor, Joseph B. (Joseph Bickersteth), 1828-1916; Swainson, J.H
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Blakiston, Herbert Edward Douglas, 1862-1942
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Yonge, Charles Duke, 1812-1891
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; King, John Richard; Clark, Albert Curtis, 1859-1937
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Riess, Ernst
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Muirhead, John H. (John Henry), 1855-1940
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Tyrrell, Robert Yelverton, 1844-1914; Purser, Louis Claude, 1854-1932
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Prout, J.A.
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Allen, Joseph Henry, 1820-1898; Greenough, J. B. (James Bradstreet), 1833-1901; Kittredge, George Lyman, 1860-1941
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Tyrrell, Robert Yelverton, 1844-1914; Purser, Louis Claude, 1854-1932
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Yonge, Charles Duke, 1812-1891
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Allen, Joseph Henry, 1820-1898; Allen, William Francis, 1830-1889; Greenough, J. B. (James Bradstreet), 1833-1901
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Topic: Catiline, ca. 108-62 B.C
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Pliny, the Younger; Shuckburgh, Evelyn Shirley, 1843-1906; Melmoth, William, 1710?-1799; Bosanquet, Frederick Charles Tindal
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Yonge, Charles Duke, 1812-1891
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Topic: Ethics
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Watson, J. S. (John Selby), 1804-1884
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Yonge, Charles Duke, 1812-1891
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Topic: English letters
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Shuckburgh, Evelyn Shirley, 1843-1906
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Shuckburgh, Evelyn Shirley, 1843-1906
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Peabody, Andrew P. (Andrew Preston), 1811-1893
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Topic: Ethics
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Melmoth, William, 1710?-1799
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Topics: Old age, Friendship
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Yonge, Charles Duke, 1812-1891
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Reid, James Smith, 1846-1926
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Topic: Cicero, Marcus Tullius
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Halm, Karl, 1809-1882; Mayor, John E. B. (John Eyton Bickersteth), 1825-1910
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Guthrie, William, 1708-1770
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Reid, James S. (James Smith), 1846-1926
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Cockman, Thomas
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Minckwitz, Richard Alexander von
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Haydon, John Hampden
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Guthrie, William, 1708-1770
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; King, John Richard
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Anthon, Charles, 1797-1867
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Sutherland, D
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University of Toronto Preservation and Bindery
by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Shuckburgh, Evelyn Shirley, 1843-1906
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