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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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Topic: Spain -- History
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by Bateson, Hartley; Huchown, of the Awle Ryale, 14th century; Strode, Ralph, fl. 1350-1400
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Topic: Bible
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by Finberg, Alexander Joseph, 1866-1939; Holme, Charles, 1848-; Taylor, E. A
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Topics: Landscape painting, Watercolor painting
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by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
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by Smuts, Jan Christiaan, 1870-1950
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Topic: League of Nations
Many Sessional Papers were not printed, check the table of contents of each volume for details
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by Nevinson, Henry Woodd, 1856-1941
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns Turkey Gallipoli Peninsula
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by Heermann, Norbert
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Topic: Duveneck, Frank, 1848-1919
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Topics: George V, King of Great Britain, 1865-1936, Windsor, House of, Courts and courtiers
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Topic: Speech, Disorders of
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by Mukerji, Abhay Charan
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Topic: Fasts and feasts -- Hinduism
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by Sienkiewicz, Henryk, 1846-1916; Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906
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Translation of "Krzyzacy"
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Canada, Canada -- History, Military
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Topics: Barker family, Bogart family, Cronk family, Lazier family
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Topics: Shipping -- Spain History, Spain -- Commerce Latin America, Latin America -- Commerce
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by Robertson, Charles Grant, Sir, 1869-1948
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Bibliography: p. 506-512
Topics: Bismarck, Otto, Fürst von, 1815-1898, Germany -- Politics and government 1789-1900, Europe --...
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by Hudson, W. H. (William Henry), 1841-1922
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Victor A.E. Goad
Topics: Hudson, W. H. (William Henry), 1841-1922, Hudson, W. H. (William Henry), 1841-1922, Naturalists --...
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by Pace, Roy Bennett, d. 1918
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Bound with his Readings in English literature [1917]
Topic: English literature -- History and criticism
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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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by Gardner, Percy, 1846-1937
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Topics: Numismatics, Greek, Coins, Ancient, Coinage
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Chronology
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by Mahan, A. T. (Alfred Thayer), 1840-1914
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Topic: Naval history
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by Harvitt, Hélène, b. 1884
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Topics: Beaulieu, Eustorg de, d. 1552, Marot, Clément, 1495?-1544
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by Rivoira, G. T. (Giovanni Teresio), 1849-1919
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Topic: Architecture, Islamic
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by Dordevic, Tihomir R., 1868-1944
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Topic: Macedonian question
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by Public Archives of Canada; Shortt, Adam, 1859-1931; Doughty, Arthur G. (Arthur George), Sir, 1860-1936
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Topics: Constitutional history -- Canada Sources, Canada -- History Sources
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Topic: Virgin Islands of the United States
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by Dennison, Walter, 1869-1917; Morey, Charles Rufus, 1877-1955; Freer, Charles Lang, 1856-1919
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Pt. I. East Christian paintings in the Freer collection, by C.R. Morey.--Pt. II. A gold treasure of the late Roman period from Egypt
Topics: Christian art and symbolism, Illumination of books and manuscripts, Painting, Byzantine, Art,...
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Topics: Great Britain. Army, Great Britain -- History, Military
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by Sanders, Henry A. (Henry Arthur), 1868-1956
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Pt. 1. The Washington manuscript of the four Gospels -- pt. 2. The Washington manuscript of the Epistles of Paul
Topics: Bible, Bible, Manuscripts, Greek -- Facsimiles
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by Gray, Louis H. (Louis Herbert), 1875-1955; Moore, George Foot, 1851-1931; MacCulloch, J. A. (John Arnott), 1868-1950
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Topic: Mythology
Report of the Minister of Education for Ontario
by Ontario. Dept. of Education; Ontario. Ministry of Education; ONTARIO. DEPT. OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
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REPORTS 1846-1866 ALSO FOUND IN SESSIONAL PAPERS
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by Bryher, 1894-
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Topic: Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925
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by O'Dwyer, Michael Francis, (Sir) 1864-
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918 -- Punjab
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by Whitman, Charles Huntington, 1873-1937
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Topic: Spenser, Edmund, 1552?-1599
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by Trofimov, Mikhail V; Scott, James P.
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Topic: Russian language -- Grammar
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Topic: Naval architecture
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by Solovyov, Vladimir Sergeyevich, 1853-1900; Duddington, Natalie
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Topic: Ethics
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, Military, Flanders -- History, Military
First published in 1915 under title: War medals and their history
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by Pennypacker, Samuel Whitaker, 1843-1916
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"Bibliography of Governer Pennypakcer": p. 545-549
Topic: Pennsylvania -- Politics and government 1865-1950
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by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey; Adams, Oscar Sherman, 1874-
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Topic: Map-projection
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by Jack, James Charles, 1876-1918
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Topics: Barisal District (Bangladesh) -- Gazetteers, Barisal District (Bangladesh) -- Economic conditions
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by Quennell, Marjorie (Courtney); Quennell, C. H. B. (Charles Henry Bourne), 1872-1935
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Topic: England -- Social life and customs
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Topic: Spain -- History
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by Fairbridge, Dorothea
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Topic: South Africa -- History
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by Frazer, James George, Sir, 1854-1941; Frye, Northrop
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Topics: Bible, Religions, Jews, Judaism -- Customs and practices
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by Tagore, Rabindranath, 1861-1941
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Topic: Belief and doubt
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by Quennell, Marjorie (Courtney); Quennell, C. H. B. (Charles Henry Bourne), 1872-1935
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Topic: England -- Social life and customs
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by Clark, Albert Curtis, 1859-1937
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Topics: Cicero, Marcus Tullius, Plato, Demosthenes, Criticism, Textual, Manuscripts
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by Jacoby, Harold, 1865-1932
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Topic: Navigation
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Topics: Rasputin, Grigori Efimovich, ca. 1870-1916, Russia -- History Nicholas II, 1894-1917, Russia --...
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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 Barnett, Henrietta Octavia (Rowland), 1851-1936
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Topic: Barnett, Canon, 1844-1913
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Topics: George V, King of Great Britain, 1865-1936, Windsor, House of, Courts and courtiers
Public Accounts of Ontario
by Ontario. Ministry of Treasury and Economics; Ontario. Ministry of Treasury and Economics; Ontario. Ministry of Finance
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Topic: Finance, Public
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by Gilman, Benjamin Ives, 1852-1933; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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Topics: Museums, Art museums
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Topics: Customs administration -- Great Britain History, Tariff -- Great Britain
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by Morimoto, Kokichi, 1877-
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Topic: Cost and standard of living -- Japan
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by Browne, Edward Granville, 1862-1926
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Topic: Babism
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by Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963
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by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616; Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910
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by Scott, Archibald Black
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Topics: Picts, Celtic Church, Scotland -- Church history
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Topics: Constitutional law -- Canada, Constitutional law -- Canada Cases
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by Legge, Reginald Francis, 1873-
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Topics: Military topography, Maps, Military
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Topics: Europe -- History 1492-1648, Europe -- History 1648-1789
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Thesis (Ph.D.) - University of Michigan, 1915
Topic: Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834
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Topics: Akkadian language -- Texts, Sumerian language -- Texts and translations
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Topics: Europe -- History 1492-1648, Europe -- History 1648-1789
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Topic: Royal Homes for Officers' Widows and Daughters (Wimbledon, Surrey)