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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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Canadian edition has title: A sunny subaltern, Billy's letters from Flanders. Toronto, McClelland, [1916]
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives
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Topics: Great Britain. Army. Royal Army Medical Corps, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives,...
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by Bochkareva, Mariia Leontievna Frolkova, 1889-; Levine, Isaac Don, 1892-
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Russian, Russia -- History Revolution, 1917-1921...
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by Glenconner, Pamela, 1871-1928
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Topics: Tennant, Edward Wyndham, 1897-1916, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns Balkan Peninsula, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives,...
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by Vivian, Herbert, 1865-
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Pt. 1. Waiting for war.- Pt. 2. War.- Pt. 3. Wanderings in war-time.- Pt. 4. Postscripts
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by Candler, Edmund, 1874-1926
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Iraq -- Description and travel
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by Keeling, Frederic Hillersdon, 1886-1916; Townshend, Mrs. (Emily), 1849-1934
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English
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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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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Canadian
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, American, English language -- Slang Dictionaries,...
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by Chapman, Victor, 1890-1916; Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations
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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, Lille
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by Nobbs, Gilbert
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English, World War, 1914-1918 -- Prisoners and...
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by Duhamel, Georges, 1884-1966
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, French
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by Trevelyan, George Macaulay, 1876-1962
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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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by MacDonald, Frank Cecil, 1890-
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by Carrel, Frank, 1870-1940
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Canadian
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by Empey, Arthur Guy, 1883-1963; American soldier
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English language -- Slang Dictionaries
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by Hewett, Stephen H. (Stephen Henry), 1893-1916
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by Swayne, Martin
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by Shepherd, William Gunn, 1878-
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, World War, 1914-1918 -- Censorship
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by O'Connor, V. C. Scott (Vincent Clarence Scott), 1869-1945
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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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by Des Vignes Rouges, Jean, pseud
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, World War, 1914-1918 -- United States, Democracy
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by Villiers, Algernon Hyde, 1886-1917
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by Bell, Ralph W
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Canadian
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by Rutledge, Stanley A. (Stanley Arthur), d. 1917
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by Bairnsfather, Bruce, 1887-
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by Dawson, Coningsby, 1883-1959; Dawson, Muriel
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by Christian-Frogé, R
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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 Civray, Jacques, Capitaine Plieux de Diusse
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by De Loghe, Sydney
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by Walker, H. F. B. (Henry Francis Bell)
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English, World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns Africa...
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by Callwell, C. E. (Charles Edward), Sir, 1859-1928
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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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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Press and propaganda, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives
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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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by Whittal, W
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by Dawson, A. J. (Alec John), 1872-1952; Bairnsfather, Bruce, 1887-
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by Peat, Harold Reginald, 1893-
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by Nasmith, George Gallie, 1877-
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by Forstner, Georg Günther, Freiherr von, 1882-1940; Codman, Anna Kneeland
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Submarines
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by Graham, Stephen, 1884-
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by Méléra, Marguerite Yerta; Yerta, Gabrielle
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Prisoners and prisons, German, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives,...
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by Shears, Edward Hornby, 1890-1917
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Topics: Shears, Edward Hornby, 1890-1917, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English
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by Fox, Henry Landell, 1872-
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by Waddington, Mary Alsop (King) d. 1923
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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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