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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: Spanish language, Commerce
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Topic: Hindu law
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Topic: Drama
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by Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947
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Topics: Art -- India, India -- Civilization
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Topic: Gaelic language -- Dictionaries
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Vol. 1. Italian-English.- Vol. 2. English-Italian
Topic: Italian language
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by Gagini, Carlos, 1865-1925
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Topic: Spanish language -- Provincialisms Costa Rica
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by Mufaddal ibn Muhammad al-Dabbi, 8th cent; Lyall, Charles James, Sir, 1845-1920; Anbari, al-Qasim ibn Muhammad, d. 916
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Vol. 1. Arabic text.- Vol. 2. Translation and notes.- Vol. 3. Indexes to the Arabic text, comp. by A.A. Brevan
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Topic: Arabic literature
1st ed. has title Faclair Gàidhlig de dealbhan
Topic: Gaelic language -- Dictionaries
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Topic: Gaelic language -- Dictionaries
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Topic: Polynesian languages
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Topics: African American criminals, Lynching
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Topic: Drama -- History and criticism
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Topic: Spanish language
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by Navarro Tomás, Tomás, 1884-; Madrid. Centro de Estudios Históricos
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Topic: Spanish language -- Pronunciation
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by Stauffer, Vernon, 1875-1925
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--Columbia University, 1918
Topics: Illuminati, New England -- Church history, New England -- Politics and government To 1775
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by Mahan, A. T. (Alfred Thayer), 1840-1914; Westcott, Allan F. (Allan Ferguson), b. 1882
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Topics: Naval art and science, Sea-power, Strategy
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by Seaver, James E. (James Everett), 1787-1827; Vail, Charles Delamater, 1837-1921
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Bibliography: p. 274-293
Topics: Jemison, Mary, 1743-1833, Seneca Indians -- Captivities, Indian captivities, Genesee River Valley...
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by Pausânias (Pseudonym); Jones, W. H. S. (William Henry Samuel), 1876-1963; Ormerod, Henry Arderne, 1886-1964
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Greek and English on opposite pages
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by Larrazabal, Felipe, 1816-1873; Blanco-Fombona, Rufino, 1874-1944
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Topic: Bolívar, Simón, 1783-1830
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by Mufaddal ibn Muhammad al-Dabbi, 8th cent; Lyall, Charles James, Sir, 1845-1920; Anbari, al-Qasim ibn Muhammad, d. 916
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Vol. 1. Arabic text.- Vol. 2. Translation and notes.- Vol. 3. Indexes to the Arabic text, comp. by A.A. Brevan
Topic: Arabic literature
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by Lieder, Frederick W. C. (Frederick William Charles), 1881-1953; Pettengill, Ray Waldon
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Topics: German language -- Readers, Military art and science
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by Jewish Community of New York City; Margoshes, Samuel, 1887-1968
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"A list of books and articles on the Jews of New York, by S. Margoshes": p. 1503-1524
Topic: Jews
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by Vizetelly, Ernest Alfred, 1853-1922
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Topics: Alsace (France) -- History, Lorraine (France) -- History
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by Abhinavagupta, Rajanaka; Shastri, Mukunda Rama, mahamahopadhyaya
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Topic: Saivism
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by Birmingham. Public Libraries. Reference Dept; Powell, Walter, 1874-1928; Cashmore, Herbert Maurice
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Topic: Birmingham (Ala.) -- Bibliography
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Topics: Industrial management, Efficiency, Industrial
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Topics: Fractions, Decimal, Multiplication -- Tables
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by Abhinavagupta, Rajanaka; Jayaratha, Rajanaka, son of Sringararatha; Shastri, Mukunda Rama, mahamahopadhyaya; Shastri, Madhusudan Kaul
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Topic: Savaism
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Topic: Library catalogs
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Topic: Library catalogs
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by Fell, J. R
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Topic: Tonga language (Zambesi) -- Grammar
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by Cushman, Herbert Ernest, 1865-
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Topic: Philosophy -- History
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by Thomas, William Isaac, 1863-1947; Znaniecki, Florjan, 1882-
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Topics: Peasantry -- Poland, Poles -- United States, Poland -- Social conditions
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by United States Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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Topics: Manuscripts -- United States Catalogs, Broadsides -- Bibliography, United States -- History Sources...
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Topic: Spanish language -- Gallicisms
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Topic: Chinese language -- Dictionaries
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by McLennan, John Stewart, 1853-1939
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Topics: Louisbourg (N.S.), Louisbourg (N.S.) -- Siege, 1745, Louisbourg (N.S.) -- Siege, 1758
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Vol. 1. Italian-English.- Vol. 2. English-Italian
Topic: Italian language
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by Xenophon; Brownson, Carleton L. (Carleton Lewis), b. 1866; Todd, O. J. (Otis Johnson)
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by Serjeant-Major, R.A.M.C
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Topics: Great Britain. Army. Royal Army Medical Corps, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives,...
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by Archivo Histórico Nacional (Spain); Menéndez Pidal, Juan, 1861-1915; Fuentes Isla, Benito
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Bibliography: p. [308]-322
Topic: Seals (Numismatics) -- Spain Catalogs
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by Gallichan, Walter M. (Walter Matthew), 1861-1946
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Topic: Sex
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Topic: Rasputin, Grigori Efimovich, ca. 1870-1916
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by Smith, Norman Kemp, 1872-1958; Kant, Immanuel, 1724-1804; Church, Ralph Withington (autograph)
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by Moore, George Foot, 1851-1931
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Topic: Bible
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by Ellwood, G. Montague, 1875-; Yerbury, Francis Rowland, 1885-1970
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Topic: Human figure in art
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Topics: French language -- Idioms, corrections, errors, French language -- Composition and exercises
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by Jones, John Price, 1877-; Hollister, Paul Merrick
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Secret service Germany
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by Inge, William Ralph, 1860-1954; Nairne, James (bookplate); Guthrie, W. K. C. (William Keith Chambers), 1906-1981 (bookplate)
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Topic: Plotinus
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by Adams, John Quincy, 1849-; Hinke, William John, 1871-
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Topic: Auburn Theological Seminary (Auburn, N.Y.)
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by Krishnaswami Aiyangar, Sakkottai, 1871-1947
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Topic: South India
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by Emin, Emin Joseph, 1726-1809; Apcar, Amy
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by Lewis, Clarence Irving, 1883-1964
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Topic: Logic, Symbolic and mathematical
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by Thomas, William Isaac, 1863-1947; Znaniecki, Florjan, 1882-
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Topics: Peasantry -- Poland, Poles -- United States, Poland -- Social conditions
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by Saillens, Émile
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Topics: France -- Description and travel, France -- Social and economic
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by Dinet, Etienne, 1861-1929; Ben Ibrahim, Sliman
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Topic: Muhammad, Prophet, d. 632
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Topics: Turks, Turks -- Bibliography, Pan-Turanianism
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by Webster, Charles K. (Charles Kingsley), Sir, 1886-1961; Great Britain. Foreign Office. Historical Section
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Topic: Congress of Vienna (1814-1815)
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by Howorth, Henry H. (Henry Hoyle), Sir, 1842-1923
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Topic: Harald I, King of Norway (surnamed Haarfager)
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"List of books on the Ukraine" p. 341-345
Topic: Ukraine -- Description and travel
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Topics: Slavs -- Bibliography, Slavic languages -- Bibliography, Slavic literature -- Bibliography
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by Mufaddal ibn Muhammad al-Dabbi, 8th cent; Lyall, Charles James, Sir, 1845-1920; Anbari, al-Qasim ibn Muhammad, d. 916
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Vol. 1. Arabic text.- Vol. 2. Translation and notes.- Vol. 3. Indexes to the Arabic text, comp. by A.A. Brevan
Topic: Arabic literature
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by Pett, Phineas, 1570-1647; Perrin, W. G. (William Gordon), 1874-
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Topics: Great Britain. Royal Navy, Shipbuilding -- Great Britain History
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by Keith, Arthur Berriedale, 1879-1944
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Topics: Philosophy -- History, Hinduism
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by Cornell University. Library; Fiske, Daniel Willard, 1831-1904; Hermannsson, Halldór, 1878-
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Topic: Runes and runic inscriptions -- Bibliography
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by Pieris, Paulus Edward
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Topics: Dutch -- Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka -- History
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Topics: Icelandic newspapers -- Bibliography, Icelandic periodicals -- Bibliography
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Topic: Hillbouse, James Theodore, 1890-1956, ed
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by Slater, Gilbert, 1864-1938
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Topics: Villages, India -- Economic conditions
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by Perry, W. J. (William James)
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Bibliography: p. 185-191
Topics: Megalithic monuments, Primitive societies, Malay Archipelago and Peninsula -- Ethnology
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by Hazañas y la Rúa, Joaquín, 1862-1934
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Topic: Vázquez de Leca, Mateo, 1573-1649
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by Herbigny, Michel d', 1880-1957; Gerrard, Thomas John, 1871-1916
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Topic: Solovyov, Vladimir Sergeyevich, 1853-1900
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by McDougle, Ivan Eugene
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[Reprinted from The Journal of Negro History, Vol. 3, No. 3, July, 1918]
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by Laffan, R. G. D. (Robert George Dalrymple), 1887-
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Serbia, Serbia -- History 1804-1918