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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: Great Britain. Army. Royal Army Medical Corps, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives,...
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by Keeling, Frederic Hillersdon, 1886-1916; Townshend, Mrs. (Emily), 1849-1934
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by Bishop, William Avery, 1894-1956
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English
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by Haigh, Richard, 1895-
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Topics: United States. Navy, World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations Submarine, World War, 1914-1918 --...
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English, World War, 1914-1918 -- Prisoners and...
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Canadian
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns Middle East,...
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English
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Topics: Canada. Army. Nova Scotia Highlanders, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Canadian
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by Knyvett, R. Hugh, d. 1918
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English
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by MacDonald, Frank Cecil, 1890-
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by Hewett, Stephen H. (Stephen Henry), 1893-1916
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English
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by Hall, James Norman, 1887-1951
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations
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by Auld, S. J. M. (Samuel Johnson Mason), b. 1884
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Gases, Asphyxiating and poisonous -- War use, Chemical...
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, World War, 1914-1918 -- United States, Democracy
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by Rutledge, Stanley A. (Stanley Arthur), d. 1917
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Canadian
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by Crawshay-Williams, Eliot, 1879-
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English, Egypt -- Description and travel
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by White, William Allen, 1868-1944
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, World War, 1914-1918 -- Fiction
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by Grant, Marjorie
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, World War, 1914-1918 -- Hospitals, charities, etc
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English
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by Lafont, Bernard
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Verdun
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by Holmes, Robert Derby
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by Howard, Frederick Thomas Rowland, 1887-
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by Simmons, Mervin C; McClung, Nellie L., 1873-1951
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Canadian, World War, 1914-1918 -- Prisoners and...
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by L. R. A; Ray, Anna Chapin, 1865-
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Canadian
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by Farnol, Jeffery, 1878-1952
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by Rimbaud, Isabelle, 1860-1917
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by Malherbe, Henry, 1886-
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by Hay, Ian
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by Whitehair, Charles W. (Charles Wesley), 1887-
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, World War, 1914-1918 -- War work Y.M.C.A
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by Abbey, Edwin Austin, d. 1917
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by Redier, Antoine, 1878-
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives
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by Gregory, Marion
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by Bernheim, Bertram Moses, 1880-
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