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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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Public Accounts of Canada 1878-1993
Jul 12, 2005 Canada. Parliament. House of Commons. Standing Committee on Public Accounts
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Appendix No.1 Session 1907-8. Standing Committee on Public Accounts
Public Accounts of Canada 1878-1993
Jul 12, 2005 Ottawa: Parliament - House of Commons
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concerning the accounts of the North Atlantic Trading Company
Public Accounts of Canada 1878-1993
Jul 12, 2005 Canada. Parliament. House of Commons. Standing Committee on Public Accounts
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No. 1. Wednesday, May 2, 1917 -- No. 2. Friday, May 4, 1917 - Standing Committee on Public Accounts
Topics: Canada. Dept. of Marine and Fisheries, Canadian University Press., J.D. Hazen (Ice-breaker),...
Public Accounts of Canada 1878-1993
Jul 13, 2005 Canada. Parliament. House of Commons. Standing Committee on Public Accounts; Warburton, Alexander Bannerman, 1852-1929
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Appendix No.2 Standing Committee on Public Accounts
Topic: Canada. Dept. of Public Works
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May 9, 2006 Church, Richard William, 1815-1890
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Topics: Religion, Christianity
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May 9, 2006 Worcester, J.H
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Topics: Ethics, Business ethics, Wealth
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May 10, 2006 Chretien, Charles P
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Topic: Theology
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May 10, 2006 Willibald, of Mainz, 8th cent; Robinson, George W. (George Washington), b. 1872
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Topic: Boniface, Saint, Archbishop of Mainz, ca. 675-754
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May 10, 2006 Meyer, Kuno, 1858-1919; Rennes. Bibliothèque municipale
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Topics: Colman Mac Lúacháin, Saint, 7th century, Irish literature -- Texts
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May 10, 2006 Edkins, Joseph, 1823-1905
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Topic: Religions
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May 10, 2006
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Topic: Sermons
Topic: Toronto, Ont. Metropolitan Methodist Church
Topic: Hawkins, Walter
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May 10, 2006 Blamires, W. L; Smith, John B
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Topic: Methodist Church in Victoria, Australia
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May 10, 2006 Shenton, M. J; Shenton, J. (Job), 1838-1902
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Topics: Shenton, J. (Job), 1838-1902, Sermons, English -- Canada, Clergy -- Maritime Provinces Biography
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May 10, 2006 Denney, James, 1856-1917
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Topic: Church of England
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Topics: Bagot, Richard, 1782-1854, Church of England, Oxford movement
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May 10, 2006 Balleine, G. R. (George Reginald), 1873-1966
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Topics: Evangelicalism, genealogy
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May 10, 2006 Baring-Gould, S. (Sabine), 1834-1924
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Topics: Evangelical Revival, Methodism, Evangelicalism
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May 10, 2006 Fryer, Alfred C. (Alfred Cooper)
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Topics: Aidan, Saint, d. 651, Christian saints -- Scotland Biography
Topics: Character, Christian life
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May 11, 2006 Williams, Isaac, 1802-1865
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Vol.8
Topics: Jesus Christ, Bible, Gospels, Holy week, Resurrection
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May 11, 2006 Carpenter, Lant, 1780-1840
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Topics: Ministers (of the Gospel), Sermons
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May 12, 2006 Tiele, C. P. (Cornelis Petrus), 1830-1902
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Topic: Egypt -- Religion
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May 12, 2006 Tiele, C. P. (Cornelis Petrus), 1830-1902
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Topics: Religion -- History, Religions
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May 12, 2006 Stephenson, Henry Major
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Topics: Jesus Christ, Christian life
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Topic: Women
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May 12, 2006 Lear, Henrietta Louisa (Farrer), 1824-1896
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Topics: Condren, Charles de, 1588-1641, Catholic Church, Oratorians
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May 12, 2006 Sussex Record Office; Renshaw, Walter Charles, 1840-; Salzman, L. F. (Louis Francis), 1878-; Praty, Richard; Deedes, Cecil, 1843-1928
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Topics: Visitations, Ecclesiastical -- Lewes, Eng, Elections -- Great Britain
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May 12, 2006 Hopper, Jane Agar
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Topic: Methodist Church (Canada)
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May 12, 2006 Bowen, George
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Topic: Meditations, devotional
Topic: Christianity
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May 12, 2006 Campbell, John McLeod
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Topic: Revelation
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May 12, 2006 Manning, Henry Edward, 1808-1892
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Topic: Papacy
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May 12, 2006 Blackie, John Stuart, 1809-1895
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Topic: Atheism
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May 12, 2006 Shay, Emma Freeland
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Topic: Freeland, Mariet Hardy, 1829-1912
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May 13, 2006 Bouzique, E.U
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vol. 1
Topic: Church history
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Topic: Giving
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May 13, 2006 Arras, Henry d'
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Topics: Arras, Louise Augusta Lechmere d', 1829-1906?, Catholic converts -- Biography
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May 13, 2006 Sanderson, Robert, 1587-1663
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Vol.5
Topics: Bernard, Nicholas, Hammond, H, Episcopacy, Logic, Physics, Sermons, Theology
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May 13, 2006 Willibald, of Mainz, 8th cent; Robinson, George W. (George Washington), b. 1872
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Topic: Boniface, Saint, Archbishop of Mainz, ca. 675-754
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May 13, 2006 Browne, G. F. (George Forrest), 1833-1930
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Topic: Boniface, Saint, Archbishop of Mainz, ca. 675-754
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May 13, 2006 Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894
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Topics: Damien, Father, 1840-1889, Hyde, C. M. (Charles McEwen), 1832-1899
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May 13, 2006 Simpson, Richard, 1820-1876
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Topic: Campion, Edmund, Saint, 1540-1581
Topic: Monasticism and religious orders
Topics: Jesus Christ, Bible, Sermons -- Doctrinal, Unitarianism
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May 13, 2006 Hügel, Friedrich, Freiherr von, 1852-1925
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vol. 2
Topic: Catherine, of Genoa, Saint, 1447-1510
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May 13, 2006 Lacordaire, Henri-Dominique, 1802-1861
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Topics: Jesus Christ, God
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May 13, 2006 Worcester, J.H
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Topics: Ethics, Business ethics, Wealth
Topics: Christianity, Religious education, Worship
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May 13, 2006 Church, Richard William, 1815-1890
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Topics: Religion, Christianity
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May 13, 2006 Chretien, Charles P
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Topic: Theology
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May 13, 2006 Cope, E. D. (Edward Drinker), 1840-1897
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Topic: Evolution -- Religious aspects
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Topic: Unitarianism
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May 13, 2006 Tiele, C. P. (Cornelis Petrus), 1830-1902
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Topics: Religion -- History, Religions
Topics: Canadian Methodist Mission, West China, Methodist Church (Canada) -- Missions
Topics: Conduct of life, Faith, God
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May 13, 2006 Crooks, E. W
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Topic: Crooks, Adam, 1824-1874
Topic: Toronto, Ont. Metropolitan Methodist Church
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May 13, 2006 Friedländer, Moriz
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Topic: Judaism
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May 13, 2006 Grose, George Richmond, 1869-
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Topic: Bashford, James Whitford, bp., 1849-1919
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May 14, 2006 Rimbert, Saint, Archbishop of Hamburg and Bremen, ca. 830-888; Robinson, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1861-1925
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Topics: Ansgar, Saint, Archbishop of Hamburg and Bremen, ca. 801-865, genealogy
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May 14, 2006 Burr, E.F
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Topic: Theology, practical
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May 14, 2006 Dallinger, W.H
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Topic: Creation
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May 14, 2006 Williams, Isaac, 1802-1865
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Vol. 3
Topics: Jesus Christ, Bible, Gospels, Holy week, Resurrection
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May 14, 2006 Etheridge, J. W. (John Wesley), 1804-1866
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Topic: Clarke, Adam, ca. 1762-1832
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May 14, 2006 Edkins, Joseph, 1823-1905
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Topics: Buddhism -- China History, China -- Religion
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May 14, 2006 Beckett, Edmund
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Topic: Religion and science
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May 14, 2006 Evans, Robert Wilson, 1789-1866
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Topics: Christian saints -- Great Britain, Christian martyrs -- Great Britain, Christian saints -- Legends
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May 14, 2006 Watson, Richard, 1781-1833; Emory, John, 1789-1835
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Topics: Wesley, John, 1703-1791, Methodists -- Biography
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May 14, 2006 Lea, Henry Charles, 1825-1909
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vol. 1
Topics: Catholic Church, Confession -- Catholic Church History, Absolution, Indulgences, Penance
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Topics: Gautama Buddha, Buddhism -- Doctrines History, Tibet (China) -- History, Ho-t ien shi (China) --...
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May 14, 2006 Lane-Poole, Stanley, 1854-1931
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Topics: Koran, Mohammedans and Mohammedanism, Arabian Peninsula -- History
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May 14, 2006 Crabbe, George, 1785-1857
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Topic: Religion -- Philosophy