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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 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 Jones, John Price, 1877-; Hollister, Paul Merrick
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Secret service Germany
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by Adcock, Arthur St. John, 1864-1930
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Poetry, Poets, English, English poetry -- 20th century History and criticism
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by Maeterlinck, Maurice, 1862-1949
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Belgium
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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, English
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English, World War, 1914-1918 -- Prisoners and...
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by McKinley, Albert Edward, 1870-1936
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Topics: History -- Study and teaching, World War, 1914-1918 -- Bibliography
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Topics: Women -- Employment, World War, 1914-1918 -- Women's work
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by Wavell, Arthur John Byng, 1882-1916
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Topic: Arabian Peninsula -- Description and travel
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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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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English, World War, 1914-1918 -- Prisoners and...
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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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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English, World War, 1914-1918 -- Prisoners and...
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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 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 Lucas, E. V. (Edward Verrall), 1868-1938
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Humor, caricatures, etc
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by Thomas, Edward, 1878-1917
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Topics: Legends, Celtic, Celtic literature -- Translations into English, English literature -- Translations...
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by Girling, T.A
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Poetry
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by Ledwidge, Francis, 1887-1917; Dunsany, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Baron, 1878-1957
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by Quennell, Marjorie (Courtney); Quennell, C. H. B. (Charles Henry Bourne), 1872-1935
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Includes bibliography
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by Rhys, Ernest, 1859-1946
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Poetry
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by Newton, Arthur Percival, 1873-1942
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Economic aspects Great Britain, Great Britain -- Economic conditions
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by Hohenzollern, W; Strunsky, Simeon, 1879-1948
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Includes index
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Humor, caricatures, etc
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by Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939; James, Herbert Cyril
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Poetry
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by Wylie, I. A. R. (Ida Alexa Ross), 1885-1959
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Fiction
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by Macmillan, Cyrus, 1880-
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Topics: Folklore -- Canada, Indians of North America -- Folklore
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by Dawson, William James, 1854-1928
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The higher choice (poem)--The partings--The people's cause (poem)--The first vision of war--De profundis (poem)--The growing fear--When heroes die (poem)--The second vision of war--The comrade heart (poem)--The education of a father--The day after to-morrow (poem)--The happy warrior
Topic: World War, 1914-1918
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by Wallenstein, Abraham
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Topics: Jews -- Poland, Jews -- Lithuania
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918, Veterans, Disabled
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by Dawson, Coningsby, 1883-1959
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918
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by Haynes, Edmund Sidney Pollock, 1877-1949
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Topics: Brooke, Rupert, 1887-1915, Thomas, Edward
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by Gollancz, Victor, 1893-1967
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Topics: Political science -- Study and teaching, Endowed public schools (Great Britain)
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by Villon, François, 1431-1463; Hookham, Paul
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Imprint from colophon
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