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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 Sun-tzu, 6th cent. B.C; Giles, Lionel, 1875-1958
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Topic: Military art and science -- Early works to 1800
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Topic: Composition (Art)
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by Welton, James, 1854-1942
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Topics: Art -- Study and teaching, English -- Study and teaching, Geography -- Study and teaching,...
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by Meyer, Franz Sales, 1849-
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Includes index
Topics: Decoration and ornament, Art objects
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Topics: Art, Japanese, Legends -- Japan
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by Weber, Max, 1864-1920
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Topics: Economics, Sociology
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by Vanderpoel, John Henry, 1857-1911
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Topic: Human figure in art
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by Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947
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Topics: Art -- India, India -- Civilization
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by Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910; Maude, Aylmer, 1858-1938
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A survey of Tolstoy's Essays on art (1924)- Schoolboys and art (1861)- The Last Supper (1885)- On truth in art (1887)- "What is truth?" (1890)- Introduction to Amiel's Journal (1893)- Introduction to S.T. Semenov's peasant stories (1894)- Introduction to the works of Guy de Maupassant (1894)- From a letter to Peter Verigin, the Doukhobor leader (1895)- On art (c.1895-7)- An introduction to "What is art?" (1899)- Tolstoy's Preface to "What is art?" (1898)- What is...
Topic: Art
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Topics: Art, Art -- Great Britain
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Topic: Art -- Periodicals
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by Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919
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Topic: Economics
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Topics: Art, Art -- Great Britain
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by Engel, Andrei Mikhailovich
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Pt. 1. English - French - Russian
Topic: Naval art and science
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by Smith, Adam, 1723-1790
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Everyman Library edition. Volume Two of two volumes.
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Topic: Economics
Publication suspended Oct. 1870?-Dec. 9, 1871, July 26, 1914-June 14, 1916, inclusive
Topics: Art -- Periodicals, Art -- France
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Topics: Christie, Manson & Woods, Art -- Prices
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Topics: Portraits, Art
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by Società piemontese di archeologia e belle arti, Turin
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Topics: Art -- Italy Piedmont, Piedmont (Italy) -- Antiquities
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by Vasari, Giorgio, 1511-1574
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v. 1. Cimabue to Agnolo Gaddi.- v. 2. Berna to Michelozzo Michelozzi.- v. 3. Filarete and Simone to Mantegna.- v. 4. Filippino Lippi to Domenico Puligo
Topics: Artists, Italian, Art -- Italy History
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Topics: Christian art and symbolism -- Periodicals, Church architecture -- Periodicals
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by Oman, Charles William Chadwick, Sir, 1860-1946
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Topics: Military art and science -- History, Military history, Medieval
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Topic: Art -- Periodicals
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Topics: Art, Painting
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Topic: Art -- History
United with Das Schöne Heim to form Die Kunst und das schöne Heim
Topic: Art -- Periodicals
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Topic: Art -- Germany Hanover (Province)
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Topics: Christian art and symbolism -- Periodicals, Church architecture -- Periodicals
United with Das Schöne Heim to form Die Kunst und das schöne Heim
Topic: Art -- Periodicals
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by Library of Congress. Copyright Office; United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Catalogue of title-entries of books and other articles
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Title varies: July 1/11, 1891-June 1906, Catalogue of title-entries of books and other articles
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Topics: American literature -- Bibliography Catalogs, Music -- United States Bibliography, Art -- United...
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Topics: Art -- Germany Stuttgart, Architecture -- Germany Stuttgart, Artists, German -- Germany Stuttgart
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by Société de l'histoire de l'art français (France); Centre national de la recherche scientifique (France)
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Title varies: 1872-1906, Nouvelles archives de l'art français; 1884-85 (3 A sér.), Revue de l'art français, ancien et moderne
Topics: Art -- France Periodicals, Art -- France History, Art, French -- History Sources
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by Tamassia Mazzarotto, Bianca
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Topics: D'Annunzio, Gabriele, 1863-1938, Art
Publication suspended Oct. 1870?-Dec. 9, 1871, July 26, 1914-June 14, 1916, inclusive
Topics: Art -- Periodicals, Art -- France
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by Springer, A. (Anton), 1825-1891; Ricci, Corrado, 1858-1934
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1. Arte antica.--2. Arte del Medio Evo.--3. Il Rinascimento in Italia.--4. Il Rinascimento nell'Europa settentrionale e l'arte dei secoli XVII e XVIII.--5. L'arte nel XIX secolo
Topic: Art -- History
United with Das Schöne Heim to form Die Kunst und das schöne Heim
Topic: Art -- Periodicals
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by Mahan, A. T. (Alfred Thayer), 1840-1914; Westcott, Allan F. (Allan Ferguson), b. 1882
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topics: Naval art and science, Sea-power, Strategy
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by Springer, A. (Anton), 1825-1891; Ricci, Corrado, 1858-1934
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1. Arte antica.--2. Arte del Medio Evo.--3. Il Rinascimento in Italia.--4. Il Rinascimento nell'Europa settentrionale e l'arte dei secoli XVII e XVIII.--5. L'arte nel XIX secolo
Topic: Art -- History
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Published suspended Aug. 1914-Apr. 1919; 2d quarter 1939-1945
Topics: Art -- Periodicals, Decoration and ornament -- Periodicals, Decorative arts -- Periodicals
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Topics: French language -- Conversation and phrase books (for soldiers, etc.), English language --...
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Topics: Christian art and symbolism -- Periodicals, Church architecture -- Periodicals
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by Frontinus, Sextus Julius; Rome; Bennett, Charles Edwin, 1858-1921; Herschel, Clemens, 1842-1930
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Topics: Military art and science -- Early works to 1800, Water supply -- Early works to 1800, Rome (City)...
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Topic: Art -- Periodicals
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by Austria. Bundesdenkmalamt; Institut für Österreichische Kunstforschung (Austria)
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Topics: Art -- Austria, Architecture -- Austria, Austria -- Antiquities
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by Library of Congress. Copyright Office; United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Catalogue of title-entries of books and other articles
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Title varies: July 1/11, 1891-June 1906, Catalogue of title-entries of books and other articles
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Topics: American literature -- Bibliography Catalogs, Music -- United States Bibliography, Art -- United...
Includes index
Topics: Art objects -- England London Catalogs, Art objects -- Prices, Pottery -- History, Pottery -- Marks
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Topics: Christian art and symbolism -- Periodicals, Church architecture -- Periodicals
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by Ross, Janet, 1842-1927; Erichsen, Nelly
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Topics: Art -- Italy Pisa, Pisa (Italy) -- Description
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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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Topics: Christian art and symbolism -- Periodicals, Church architecture -- Periodicals
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Topic: Art -- Germany Hanover (Province)
Publication suspended Sept. 1914-Oct. 1919
Topic: Art
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by Italy. Ministero della pubblica istruzione; Italy. Direzione generale per le antichità e belle arti
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Publication suspended Nov. 1938-Dec. 1947
Topic: Art -- Periodicals
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Topics: Christian art and symbolism -- Periodicals, Church architecture -- Periodicals
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by Springer, A. (Anton), 1825-1891; Ricci, Corrado, 1858-1934
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1. Arte antica.--2. Arte del Medio Evo.--3. Il Rinascimento in Italia.--4. Il Rinascimento nell'Europa settentrionale e l'arte dei secoli XVII e XVIII.--5. L'arte nel XIX secolo
Topic: Art -- History
Publication suspended Oct. 1870?-Dec. 9, 1871, July 26, 1914-June 14, 1916, inclusive
Topics: Art -- Periodicals, Art -- France
Bibliography: p. 407-410
Topics: Art -- France History, Art, Medieval, Christian art and symbolism
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by Schlie, Friedrich, 1839-1902; Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany). Commission zur Erhaltung der Denkmäler
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"Im Auftrage des Grossherzoglichen Ministeriums des Innern hrsg. von der Commission zur Erhaltung der Denkmäler."
Topic: Art
Publication suspended Oct. 1870?-Dec. 9, 1871, July 26, 1914-June 14, 1916, inclusive
Topics: Art -- Periodicals, Art -- France
Includes bibliographical references and index
Topics: Christian art and symbolism, Christian antiquities
Superseded by Neue Saat
Topics: Christian art and symbolism -- Periodicals, Church architecture -- Periodicals
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Topics: Christian art and symbolism -- Periodicals, Church architecture -- Periodicals
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Title varies: 1903-47, The Burlington magazine for connoisseurs
Topics: Art, Decoration and ornament
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by Romero de Terreros, Manuel, marqués de San Francisco, 1880-1968
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Includes bibliography
Topic: Art, Colonial -- Mexico
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Topics: Military art and science, French language -- Slang, French language -- Dictionaries, World War,...
Publication suspended Oct. 1870?-Dec. 9, 1871, July 26, 1914-June 14, 1916, inclusive
Topics: Art -- Periodicals, Art -- France
Includes bibliography
Topics: Architecture -- Germany Cologne, Monuments -- Germany Cologne, Art -- Germany Cologne
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by Schlie, Friedrich, 1839-1902; Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany). Commission zur Erhaltung der Denkmäler
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"Im Auftrage des Grossherzoglichen Ministeriums des Innern hrsg. von der Commission zur Erhaltung der Denkmäler."
Topic: Art
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by Austria. Bundesdenkmalamt; Institut für Österreichische Kunstforschung (Austria)
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Supersedes an earlier publication with the same title of which only one volume (1889) was issued
Topics: Art -- Austria, Architecture -- Austria, Austria -- Antiquities
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by Sociedad Española de Excursiones, Madrid
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Topics: Art -- Spain Societies, etc, Architecture -- Spain Societies, etc, Spain -- Description and travel...
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Topics: Manet, Edouard, 1832-1883, Painting -- France, Impressionism (Art)
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by Porter, Arthur Kingsley, 1883-1933
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v. 1. Text.-v. 2-10, plates: v. 2. Burgundy.-v. 3. Tuscany and Apulia.-v. 4. Aquitaine.-v. 5. Catalonia and Aragon.-v. 6. Castile, Asturias, Galicia.-v. 7. Western France.-v. 8. Auvergne and Dauphine.-v. 9. Provence.-v. 10. Ile-de-France
Topics: Sculpture, Romanesque, Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages, Christian art and symbolism -- Medieval,...
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Topics: Christie, Manson & Woods, Art -- Prices
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by Italy. Ministero della pubblica istruzione; Italy. Direzione generale per le antichità e belle arti
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Publication suspended Nov. 1938-Dec. 1947
Topic: Art -- Periodicals
Bibliography: v. 1, p. [419]-428
Topics: Chests, Art, Renaissance, Painting -- Italy History, Decoration and ornament -- Italy