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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 Laveleye, Émile de, 1822-1892
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Vol. 1. Première série, 1861-1875. Le dictionnaire rationnel de De Potter. Le mouvement littéraire en France depuis 1830. Les beaux-arts à l'exposition universelle de Paris en 1867. La liberté de l'enseignement supérieur en Belgique. De l'avenir de la France. Encore la question flamande. Le régime parlementsire et l'absence des partis en Italie. La nouvelle politique russe. La revanche de la France. La crise politique de 1871 en Belgique. Le parti clérical en Belgique. La crise de 1873...
Topics: Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881, Mill, John Stuart, 1806-1873, French literature --...
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Vol. 1. Première série, 1861-1875. Le dictionnaire rationnel de De Potter. Le mouvement littéraire en France depuis 1830. Les beaux-arts à l'exposition universelle de Paris en 1867. La liberté de l'enseignement supérieur en Belgique. De l'avenir de la France. Encore la question flamande. Le régime parlementsire et l'absence des partis en Italie. La nouvelle politique russe. La revanche de la France. La crise politique de 1871 en Belgique. Le parti clérical en Belgique. La crise de 1873...
Topics: Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881, Mill, John Stuart, 1806-1873, French literature --...
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by Baudrillart, Henri Joseph Léon, 1821-1892
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by Andler, Charles Philippe Théodore, 1866-1933
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Topics: Socialism -- Germany History, Economics -- History Germany, genealogy
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by Baudrillart, Henri Joseph Leon, 1821-1892
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Arthur Young et la France de 1789; Royer-Collard; J. De Maistre; Maine de Biran; Adam Smith; Beccaria; J. Bodin; Bacon; Th. Morus et la communisme moderne; Louis Blanc; Proudhon; P. Rossi; John Stuart Mill
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by Golovin, Ivan, b. 1816
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by Funck-Brentano, Théophile, 1830-1906
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Topic: Economics