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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: Basque language, Spanish language, French language
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Topics: Monograms, Artists' marks, Collectors' marks, Printers' marks
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Topics: Basque language, Spanish language, French language
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Topic: Greek language
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Topics: Monograms, Artists' marks, Collectors' marks, Printers' marks
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by Mission scientifique du Maroc, Tangier; France. Direction générale des affaires indigènes
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Topic: Ethnology
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by Larousse, Pierre, 1817-1875; Augé, Claude, 1854-1924
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v.1 A-Bel -- v.2. Bem-Ch - v.3. Ci-D - v.4. E-G - v.5. H-Meld - v.6. Mele-Po - v.7. Pr-Z
Topic: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, French
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Topics: Morbihan, France (Dept.), Archives
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by Rinn, Louis Marie, b. 1838-
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by Rabat, Morocco. Institut des hautes études marocaines
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Some issues include Bibliographie marocaine; 1930 (t. 11) has Bibliographie du Sahara occidental
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by Larousse, Pierre, 1817-1875; Augé, Claude, 1854-1924
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Topic: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, French
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by Mission scientifique du Maroc
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Topics: Islam, Civilization, Islamic
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by Morbihan, France (Dept.) Archives; Rosenzweig, Louis Théophile, 1830-1884; Estienne, Charles, 1851 or 2-1910
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Topics: Archives, Morbihan, France (Dept.)
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Topics: Islam, Civilization, Islamic
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by Larousse, Pierre, 1817-1875; Augé, Claude, 1854-1924
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v.1 A-Bel -- v.2. Bem-Ch - v.3. Ci-D - v.4. E-G - v.5. H-Meld - v.6. Mele-Po - v.7. Pr-Z
Topic: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, French
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by Société des études juives (France); Ecole pratique des hautes études (France). Section des sciences économiques et sociales; Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales; Société des études juives (France). Actes et conférences
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Many vols., 1880- include Actes et conférences of the Société
Topics: Jews, Judaism, Jewish literature
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Issued v. 1-51, no. 3/4, May 1870-Oct. 1934
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Issued v. 1-51, no. 3/4, May 1870-Oct. 1934
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by Le Gonidec, Jean François Marie Maurice Agathe, 1775-1838; La Villemarqué, Théodore Claude Henri Hersart, vicomte de, 1815-; La Villemarqué, Théodore Claude Henri Hersart, vicomte de, 1815-
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Vol. 1. Français-breton, enrichi ... d'un essai sur l'histoire de la langue bretonne, par Th. Hersart de la Villemarque.- Vol. 2. Breton-français, précedé de sa Grammaire bretonne
Topics: Breton language, Breton language
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by Pas-de-Calais (France). Archives départementales
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Vols. 2 and 3 issued by Impr. moderne
Topic: Catholic Church
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by Larousse, Pierre, 1817-1875; Augé, Claude, 1854-1924
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Topic: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, French
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by Hennet, Léon Clément, 1853-
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Includes index
Topic: France. Armée
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Issued v. 1-51, no. 3/4, May 1870-Oct. 1934
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Topic: Ethnology
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Half-title: Collection des inventaires sommaires des Archives départementales antérieures à 1790
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Issued v. 1-51, no. 3/4, May 1870-Oct. 1934
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by Vaucluse, France (Dept.) Archives départementales; Duhamel, Leopold, 1842-1922; Achard, Paul, 1811-1884
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Topic: Archives
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Topics: Rhône, France (Dept.), Archives
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by Le Gonidec, Jean François Marie Maurice Agathe, 1775-1838; La Villemarqué, Théodore Claude Henri Hersart, vicomte de, 1815-; La Villemarqué, Théodore Claude Henri Hersart, vicomte de, 1815-
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Vol. 1. Français-breton, enrichi ... d'un essai sur l'histoire de la langue bretonne, par Th. Hersart de la Villemarque.- Vol. 2. Breton-français, précedé de sa Grammaire bretonne
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Topics: Breton language, Breton language
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by Larousse, Pierre, 1817-1875; Augé, Claude, 1854-1924
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Topic: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, French
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Topic: Loire, Haute, France (Dept.)
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by Daru, Pierre-Antoine-Noël-Bruno, comte, 1767-1829
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by Robin, Nil Joseph
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Topic: Muhammad ibn 'Abd Allh
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Topic: Morbihan, France (Dept.)
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by Doumic, René, 1860-1937
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Topic: French literature
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Topic: Arabic language
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Topic: Turkish language
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Issued v. 1-51, no. 3/4, May 1870-Oct. 1934
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Issued v. 1-51, no. 3/4, May 1870-Oct. 1934
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by Société des études juives (France); Ecole pratique des hautes études (France). Section des sciences économiques et sociales; Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales; Société des études juives (France). Actes et conférences
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Many vols., 1880- include Actes et conférences of the Société
Topics: Jews, Judaism, Jewish literature
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Topics: French language, Folklore
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Topics: French language, Folklore
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by Vaucluse, France (Dept.) Archives départementales; Duhamel, Leopold, 1842-1922; Achard, Paul, 1811-1884
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Topic: Archives
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by Archives départementales du Nord; Bruchet, Max Pierre Marie, 1868-1929; Demeulenaere, Philippe; Robinet, René
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Tome 2- dressé par Philippe Demeulenaere; sous la direction de René Robinet
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by Paris. Musée Guimet. Annales
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At head of title: Annales du Musée Guimet
Topic: Religion
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by Pas-de-Calais (France). Archives départementales
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Topic: Archives
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by Charente-Maritime, France (Dept.) Archives départementales
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Vol. numbering supplied by this Library
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by Société de géographie et d'archéologie de la province d'Oran
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Topics: Oran (Province), Oran (Province)
Half title: Collection des inventaires sommaires des Archives départementales antérieures à 1790
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Topics: Archives, Nièvre, France (Dept.)
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by Larousse, Pierre, 1817-1875; Augé, Claude, 1854-1924
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v.1 A-Bel -- v.2. Bem-Ch - v.3. Ci-D - v.4. E-G - v.5. H-Meld - v.6. Mele-Po - v.7. Pr-Z
Topic: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, French
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by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616; Hugo, François-Victor, 1828-1873
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by Larousse, Pierre, 1817-1875; Augé, Claude, 1854-1924
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v.1 A-Bel -- v.2. Bem-Ch - v.3. Ci-D - v.4. E-G - v.5. H-Meld - v.6. Mele-Po - v.7. Pr-Z
Topic: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, French
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by Rabelais, François, ca. 1490-1553?; Montaigne, Michel de, 1533-1592; Réaume, Eugène
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Topic: Education
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Topics: Stringed instruments, Violin, Violin-makers
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Issued v. 1-51, no. 3/4, May 1870-Oct. 1934
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by Archives départementales de l'Ariège; Orliac, archiviste de l'Ariège; Le Grand, Léon, 1861-; Pasquier, Félix Etienne Charles, 1846-
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t. 1. Sér. B., art. 1-191
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by Charente-Maritime, France (Dept.) Archives départementales
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Topic: French language
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Each fasc. has also a distinctive title
Topic: Law
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by Beirut. Institut français d'archéologie
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"Revue d'art oriental et d'archéologie"
Topics: Archaeology, Art, Art, Oriental
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Topic: French language
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by Cerlogne, Jean Baptiste, 1826-1910
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Topic: Italian language
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Topic: Spanish language
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Topic: Seals (Numismatics)