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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: Spanish language, Commerce
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Topic: Hindu law
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Topic: Drama
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by Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947
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Topics: Art -- India, India -- Civilization
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Topic: Gaelic language -- Dictionaries
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Vol. 1. Italian-English.- Vol. 2. English-Italian
Topic: Italian language
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by Mufaddal ibn Muhammad al-Dabbi, 8th cent; Lyall, Charles James, Sir, 1845-1920; Anbari, al-Qasim ibn Muhammad, d. 916
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Vol. 1. Arabic text.- Vol. 2. Translation and notes.- Vol. 3. Indexes to the Arabic text, comp. by A.A. Brevan
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Topic: Arabic literature
1st ed. has title Faclair Gàidhlig de dealbhan
Topic: Gaelic language -- Dictionaries
1st ed. has title Faclair Gàidhlig de dealbhan
Topic: Gaelic language -- Dictionaries
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Topic: Polynesian languages
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Topics: African American criminals, Lynching
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Topic: Drama -- History and criticism
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by Seaver, James E. (James Everett), 1787-1827; Vail, Charles Delamater, 1837-1921
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Bibliography: p. 274-293
Topics: Jemison, Mary, 1743-1833, Seneca Indians -- Captivities, Indian captivities, Genesee River Valley...
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by Stauffer, Vernon, 1875-1925
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--Columbia University, 1918
Topics: Illuminati, New England -- Church history, New England -- Politics and government To 1775
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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 Pausânias (Pseudonym); Jones, W. H. S. (William Henry Samuel), 1876-1963; Ormerod, Henry Arderne, 1886-1964
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Greek and English on opposite pages
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by Mufaddal ibn Muhammad al-Dabbi, 8th cent; Lyall, Charles James, Sir, 1845-1920; Anbari, al-Qasim ibn Muhammad, d. 916
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Vol. 1. Arabic text.- Vol. 2. Translation and notes.- Vol. 3. Indexes to the Arabic text, comp. by A.A. Brevan
Topic: Arabic literature
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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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by Jewish Community of New York City; Margoshes, Samuel, 1887-1968
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"A list of books and articles on the Jews of New York, by S. Margoshes": p. 1503-1524
Topic: Jews
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by Vizetelly, Ernest Alfred, 1853-1922
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topics: Alsace (France) -- History, Lorraine (France) -- History
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by Abhinavagupta, Rajanaka; Shastri, Mukunda Rama, mahamahopadhyaya
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Topic: Saivism
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by Birmingham. Public Libraries. Reference Dept; Powell, Walter, 1874-1928; Cashmore, Herbert Maurice
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Topic: Birmingham (Ala.) -- Bibliography
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Topics: Industrial management, Efficiency, Industrial
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Topics: Fractions, Decimal, Multiplication -- Tables
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by Abhinavagupta, Rajanaka; Jayaratha, Rajanaka, son of Sringararatha; Shastri, Mukunda Rama, mahamahopadhyaya; Shastri, Madhusudan Kaul
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Topic: Savaism
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Topic: Library catalogs
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by Fell, J. R
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Topic: Tonga language (Zambesi) -- Grammar
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Topic: Library catalogs
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by Cushman, Herbert Ernest, 1865-
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Topic: Philosophy -- History
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by Thomas, William Isaac, 1863-1947; Znaniecki, Florjan, 1882-
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Topics: Peasantry -- Poland, Poles -- United States, Poland -- Social conditions
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by United States Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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Topics: Manuscripts -- United States Catalogs, Broadsides -- Bibliography, United States -- History Sources...
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Topic: Chinese language -- Dictionaries
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Vol. 1. Italian-English.- Vol. 2. English-Italian
Topic: Italian language
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by McLennan, John Stewart, 1853-1939
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Topics: Louisbourg (N.S.), Louisbourg (N.S.) -- Siege, 1745, Louisbourg (N.S.) -- Siege, 1758
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by Xenophon; Brownson, Carleton L. (Carleton Lewis), b. 1866; Todd, O. J. (Otis Johnson)
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by Serjeant-Major, R.A.M.C
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Topics: Great Britain. Army. Royal Army Medical Corps, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives,...
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by Gallichan, Walter M. (Walter Matthew), 1861-1946
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Topic: Sex
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Topic: Rasputin, Grigori Efimovich, ca. 1870-1916
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by Smith, Norman Kemp, 1872-1958; Kant, Immanuel, 1724-1804; Church, Ralph Withington (autograph)
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by Ellwood, G. Montague, 1875-; Yerbury, Francis Rowland, 1885-1970
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Topic: Human figure in art
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by Moore, George Foot, 1851-1931
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Topic: Bible
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Topics: French language -- Idioms, corrections, errors, French language -- Composition and exercises
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by Jones, John Price, 1877-; Hollister, Paul Merrick
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Secret service Germany
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by Inge, William Ralph, 1860-1954; Nairne, James (bookplate); Guthrie, W. K. C. (William Keith Chambers), 1906-1981 (bookplate)
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topic: Plotinus
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by Adams, John Quincy, 1849-; Hinke, William John, 1871-
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Topic: Auburn Theological Seminary (Auburn, N.Y.)
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by Krishnaswami Aiyangar, Sakkottai, 1871-1947
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Topic: South India
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by Emin, Emin Joseph, 1726-1809; Apcar, Amy
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by Lewis, Clarence Irving, 1883-1964
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Topic: Logic, Symbolic and mathematical
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by Thomas, William Isaac, 1863-1947; Znaniecki, Florjan, 1882-
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Topics: Peasantry -- Poland, Poles -- United States, Poland -- Social conditions
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by Saillens, Émile
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Topics: France -- Description and travel, France -- Social and economic
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by Dinet, Etienne, 1861-1929; Ben Ibrahim, Sliman
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Topic: Muhammad, Prophet, d. 632
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by Webster, Charles K. (Charles Kingsley), Sir, 1886-1961; Great Britain. Foreign Office. Historical Section
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Topic: Congress of Vienna (1814-1815)
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Topics: Turks, Turks -- Bibliography, Pan-Turanianism
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by Howorth, Henry H. (Henry Hoyle), Sir, 1842-1923
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Topic: Harald I, King of Norway (surnamed Haarfager)
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"List of books on the Ukraine" p. 341-345
Topic: Ukraine -- Description and travel
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Topics: Slavs -- Bibliography, Slavic languages -- Bibliography, Slavic literature -- Bibliography
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by Mufaddal ibn Muhammad al-Dabbi, 8th cent; Lyall, Charles James, Sir, 1845-1920; Anbari, al-Qasim ibn Muhammad, d. 916
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Vol. 1. Arabic text.- Vol. 2. Translation and notes.- Vol. 3. Indexes to the Arabic text, comp. by A.A. Brevan
Topic: Arabic literature
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by Pett, Phineas, 1570-1647; Perrin, W. G. (William Gordon), 1874-
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topics: Great Britain. Royal Navy, Shipbuilding -- Great Britain History
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by Keith, Arthur Berriedale, 1879-1944
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Topics: Philosophy -- History, Hinduism
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by Pieris, Paulus Edward
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Topics: Dutch -- Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka -- History
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by Cornell University. Library; Fiske, Daniel Willard, 1831-1904; Hermannsson, Halldór, 1878-
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Topic: Runes and runic inscriptions -- Bibliography
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Topics: Icelandic newspapers -- Bibliography, Icelandic periodicals -- Bibliography
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Topic: Hillbouse, James Theodore, 1890-1956, ed
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by Slater, Gilbert, 1864-1938
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Topics: Villages, India -- Economic conditions
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by Perry, W. J. (William James)
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Bibliography: p. 185-191
Topics: Megalithic monuments, Primitive societies, Malay Archipelago and Peninsula -- Ethnology
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by Herbigny, Michel d', 1880-1957; Gerrard, Thomas John, 1871-1916
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Topic: Solovyov, Vladimir Sergeyevich, 1853-1900
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by McDougle, Ivan Eugene
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[Reprinted from The Journal of Negro History, Vol. 3, No. 3, July, 1918]
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by Laffan, R. G. D. (Robert George Dalrymple), 1887-
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Serbia, Serbia -- History 1804-1918
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by Kraeling, Emil Gottlieb Heinrich, 1892-
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Topics: Arameans, Jews -- History To 586 B.C, Syria -- History
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by Coulton, G. G. (George Gordon), 1858-1947
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Topics: Literature, Medieval, Great Britain -- Social life and customs
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by Radziwill, Princess Catherine, 1858-1941
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Topics: Rasputin, Grigori Efimovich, ca. 1870-1916, Soviet Union -- History 1917-
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by Tilley, Arthur Augustus, 1851-1942
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Topics: Renaissance -- France, Renaissance -- Italy, Art -- France History, Art, Renaissance, French...
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by O'Donnell, Manus, d. 1564; O'Kelleher, Andrew, 1883-
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Topics: Columba, Saint, 521-597, Christian saints, Celtic -- Biography
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by Pausânias (Pseudonym); Jones, W. H. S. (William Henry Samuel), 1876-1963; Ormerod, Henry Arderne, 1886-1964
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Greek and English on opposite pages