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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 Ontario. Royal Commission on the Toronto Jail and Custodial Services.
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B. Barry Shapiro, commissioner.
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Canadian Statistical Review
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Canadian Statistical Review
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by ONTARIO. HAMILTON-WENTWORTH REVIEW COMMISSION
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Henry E. Stewart, chair.
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by ONTARIO. COMMISSION OF INQUIRY RE PROVINCIAL JUDGE HARRY J. WILLIAMS
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Sydney L. Robins, commissioner.
REPORTS FOR 1943-1959 BOUND WITH - CANADA - DEPT. OF FINANCE - PUBLIC ACCOUNTS - CA1 FN P72
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by ONTARIO. ROYAL COMMISSION APPOINTED TO INQUIRE INTO WASTE MANAGEMENT INC., ET CETERA
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S. H. S. Hughes, commissioner.
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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Arthur Porter, chair.
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Ontario. Royal Commission on the Toronto Jail and Custodial Services.
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B. Barry Shapiro, commissioner.
English title only 1st Session, 1st Parliament 1867/68-1st Session, 30th Parliament 1975/76
Index in final volume of each session until 34th Parliament, 3rd Session (1991/93)
Topic: Law
Ontario Expenditure Estimates
by Ontario. Treasury Department; Ontario. Management Board of Cabinet; Ontario. Ministry of Treasury and Economics; Ontario. Ministry of Finance
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Ontario Budgets
by Ontario. Treasury Dept; Ontario. Dept. of Treasury and Economics; Ontario. Taxation and Fiscal Policy Branch; Ontario. Ministry of Finance
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ISSUES FOR 1886-1899 IN RARE BOOKS DEPT
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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E. P. Hartt, commissioner.
Ontario Fish and Wildlife Review
by Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Fish and Wildlife Branch; Ontario. Ministry of Natural Resources
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Vols. 1961-67 issued by the Ontario Dept. of Lands and Forests; 1968- by the department's Fish and Wildlife Branch; 19 by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife
Topic: Wildlife conservation
Ontario Fish and Wildlife Review
by Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Fish and Wildlife Branch; Ontario. Ministry of Natural Resources
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Vols. 1961-67 issued by the Ontario Dept. of Lands and Forests; 1968- by the department's Fish and Wildlife Branch; 19 by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife
Topic: Wildlife conservation
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by ONTARIO. ROYAL COMMISSION ON THE NORTHERN ENVIRONMENT
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E. P. Hartt, commissioner.
Ontario Fish and Wildlife Review
by Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Fish and Wildlife Branch; Ontario. Ministry of Natural Resources
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Vols. 1961-67 issued by the Ontario Dept. of Lands and Forests; 1968- by the department's Fish and Wildlife Branch; 19 by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife
Topic: Wildlife conservation
Province of Ontario - Vital Statistics
by Ontario. Office of the Registrar General
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1942-1954 TITLE IS: REPORT RELATING TO THE REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO
Ontario Fish and Wildlife Review
by Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Fish and Wildlife Branch; Ontario. Ministry of Natural Resources
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Vols. 1961-67 issued by the Ontario Dept. of Lands and Forests; 1968- by the department's Fish and Wildlife Branch; 19 by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife
Topic: Wildlife conservation
Some vols. preceded by "Prefix to statutes."
Topics: Session laws, Law, Statutes