Skip to main content

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.


Materials for this collection provided by: Robarts Library

PART OF
Canadian Libraries
More right-solid
More right-solid
More right-solid
More right-solid
SHOW DETAILS
up-solid down-solid
eye
Title
Date Published
Creator
26
Topics: Spanish language, Commerce
26 52
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Hindu law
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 25,801
favorite 3
comment 0
26
Topic: Drama
26
Topics: Slavic languages -- Polyglot, German language -- Polyglot
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947
texts
eye 15,330
favorite 5
comment 0
26
Topics: Art -- India, India -- Civilization
1st ed. has title Faclair Gàidhlig de dealbhan
Topic: Gaelic language -- Dictionaries
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 12,998
favorite 0
comment 0
Vol. 1. Italian-English.- Vol. 2. English-Italian
Topic: Italian language
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Gagini, Carlos, 1865-1925
texts
eye 12,596
favorite 2
comment 0
Includes bibliographical references
Topic: Spanish language -- Provincialisms Costa Rica
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Mufaddal ibn Muhammad al-Dabbi, 8th cent; Lyall, Charles James, Sir, 1845-1920; Anbari, al-Qasim ibn Muhammad, d. 916
texts
eye 11,586
favorite 1
comment 1
Vol. 1. Arabic text.- Vol. 2. Translation and notes.- Vol. 3. Indexes to the Arabic text, comp. by A.A. Brevan
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
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
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Vasconcellos, barão de; Smith de Vasconcellos, barão, 1846-
texts
eye 9,424
favorite 3
comment 0
Includes index
Topics: Heraldry, Nobility
26
Topic: Polynesian languages
26
Topics: African American criminals, Lynching
26
Topic: Drama -- History and criticism
26
Topic: Spanish language
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Charland, Paul-V. (Paul-Victor), 1858-1939
texts
eye 8,870
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: Canac-Marquis family
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Navarro Tomás, Tomás, 1884-; Madrid. Centro de Estudios Históricos
texts
eye 8,856
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: Spanish language -- Pronunciation
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Stauffer, Vernon, 1875-1925
texts
eye 8,840
favorite 5
comment 0
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Columbia University, 1918
Topics: Illuminati, New England -- Church history, New England -- Politics and government To 1775
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Mahan, A. T. (Alfred Thayer), 1840-1914; Westcott, Allan F. (Allan Ferguson), b. 1882
texts
eye 8,837
favorite 1
comment 0
Includes bibliographical references and index
Topics: Naval art and science, Sea-power, Strategy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Seaver, James E. (James Everett), 1787-1827; Vail, Charles Delamater, 1837-1921
texts
eye 8,808
favorite 2
comment 0
Bibliography: p. 274-293
Topics: Jemison, Mary, 1743-1833, Seneca Indians -- Captivities, Indian captivities, Genesee River Valley...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Pausânias (Pseudonym); Jones, W. H. S. (William Henry Samuel), 1876-1963; Ormerod, Henry Arderne, 1886-1964
texts
eye 8,640
favorite 8
comment 0
Greek and English on opposite pages
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Larrazabal, Felipe, 1816-1873; Blanco-Fombona, Rufino, 1874-1944
texts
eye 8,621
favorite 3
comment 0
26
Topic: Bolívar, Simón, 1783-1830
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Mufaddal ibn Muhammad al-Dabbi, 8th cent; Lyall, Charles James, Sir, 1845-1920; Anbari, al-Qasim ibn Muhammad, d. 916
texts
eye 8,468
favorite 2
comment 0
Vol. 1. Arabic text.- Vol. 2. Translation and notes.- Vol. 3. Indexes to the Arabic text, comp. by A.A. Brevan
Topic: Arabic literature
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Lieder, Frederick W. C. (Frederick William Charles), 1881-1953; Pettengill, Ray Waldon
texts
eye 8,012
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: German language -- Readers, Military art and science
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Guarnerio, Pier Enea, 1854-1919
texts
eye 7,922
favorite 0
comment 0
26 27
Topics: Romance languages, Romance languages, Romance languages
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 7,772
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: French language -- Slang, World War, 1914-1918 -- Language (New words, slang, etc.), Words, New --...
26
Topics: Soldiers -- Language, French language -- Slang Dictionaries
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Jewish Community of New York City; Margoshes, Samuel, 1887-1968
texts
eye 7,718
favorite 1
comment 0
"A list of books and articles on the Jews of New York, by S. Margoshes": p. 1503-1524
Topic: Jews
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 7,678
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: Bibliography
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Vizetelly, Ernest Alfred, 1853-1922
texts
eye 7,529
favorite 1
comment 0
Includes bibliographical references and index
Topics: Alsace (France) -- History, Lorraine (France) -- History
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Abhinavagupta, Rajanaka; Shastri, Mukunda Rama, mahamahopadhyaya
texts
eye 7,526
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topic: Saivism
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Birmingham. Public Libraries. Reference Dept; Powell, Walter, 1874-1928; Cashmore, Herbert Maurice
texts
eye 7,461
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: Birmingham (Ala.) -- Bibliography
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Mishra, Sadshiva; Woodroffe, John George, Sir, 1865-1936
texts
eye 7,451
favorite 8
comment 0
In Sanskrit; introd. in English
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 7,384
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: Industrial management, Efficiency, Industrial
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Zürich (Canton) Staatsarchiv; Antiquarische Gesellschaft in Zürich; Nabholz, Hans; Hegi, Friedrich Hermann, 1878-
texts
eye 7,000
favorite 0
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Taxation -- Zürich, Zürich -- History Sources
14
Topics: Fractions, Decimal, Multiplication -- Tables
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Abhinavagupta, Rajanaka; Jayaratha, Rajanaka, son of Sringararatha; Shastri, Mukunda Rama, mahamahopadhyaya; Shastri, Madhusudan Kaul
texts
eye 6,696
favorite 3
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Savaism
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 6,642
favorite 0
comment 0
20 26
Topic: Library catalogs
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 6,437
favorite 1
comment 0
20 26
Topic: Library catalogs
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Fell, J. R
texts
eye 6,433
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: Tonga language (Zambesi) -- Grammar
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Bréal, Michel, 1832-1915; Bailly, Anatole
texts
eye 6,386
favorite 5
comment 0
26
Topic: Latin language
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Cushman, Herbert Ernest, 1865-
texts
eye 6,252
favorite 2
comment 0
vol. 1
Topic: Philosophy -- History
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Thomas, William Isaac, 1863-1947; Znaniecki, Florjan, 1882-
texts
eye 6,211
favorite 3
comment 0
26
Topics: Peasantry -- Poland, Poles -- United States, Poland -- Social conditions
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by United States Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
texts
eye 6,155
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Manuscripts -- United States Catalogs, Broadsides -- Bibliography, United States -- History Sources...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 6,130
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topic: Spanish language -- Gallicisms
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 6,078
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: Chinese language -- Dictionaries
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by McLennan, John Stewart, 1853-1939
texts
eye 5,999
favorite 3
comment 0
26
Topics: Louisbourg (N.S.), Louisbourg (N.S.) -- Siege, 1745, Louisbourg (N.S.) -- Siege, 1758
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 5,980
favorite 1
comment 0
Vol. 1. Italian-English.- Vol. 2. English-Italian
Topic: Italian language
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Xenophon; Brownson, Carleton L. (Carleton Lewis), b. 1866; Todd, O. J. (Otis Johnson)
texts
eye 5,944
favorite 5
comment 0
26
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Serjeant-Major, R.A.M.C
texts
eye 5,697
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topics: Great Britain. Army. Royal Army Medical Corps, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Archivo Histórico Nacional (Spain); Menéndez Pidal, Juan, 1861-1915; Fuentes Isla, Benito
texts
eye 5,688
favorite 1
comment 0
Bibliography: p. [308]-322
Topic: Seals (Numismatics) -- Spain Catalogs
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Spitzer, Leo, 1887-
texts
eye 5,683
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: Romance languages -- Grammar
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Gallichan, Walter M. (Walter Matthew), 1861-1946
texts
eye 5,636
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: Sex
26
Topic: Rasputin, Grigori Efimovich, ca. 1870-1916
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Smith, Norman Kemp, 1872-1958; Kant, Immanuel, 1724-1804; Church, Ralph Withington (autograph)
texts
eye 5,441
favorite 4
comment 2
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Bassi, I; Cabrini, Pietro
texts
eye 5,362
favorite 2
comment 0
Vol. 2. is Ed. 2, rev. [1916]
Topic: Latin literature
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Moore, George Foot, 1851-1931
texts
eye 5,321
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topic: Bible
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Ellwood, G. Montague, 1875-; Yerbury, Francis Rowland, 1885-1970
texts
eye 5,318
favorite 21
comment 0
26
Topic: Human figure in art
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Euripides; Kasprowicz, Jan, 1860-1926
texts
eye 5,300
favorite 0
comment 0
26
26
Topics: French language -- Idioms, corrections, errors, French language -- Composition and exercises
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Jones, John Price, 1877-; Hollister, Paul Merrick
texts
eye 5,170
favorite 4
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Secret service Germany
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Tarnowski, Stanisaw, hrabia, 1837-1917; Polska Akademia Umiejtnoci, Krakow
texts
eye 5,045
favorite 0
comment 1
Includes bibliographical references
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Polish literature
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Inge, William Ralph, 1860-1954; Nairne, James (bookplate); Guthrie, W. K. C. (William Keith Chambers), 1906-1981 (bookplate)
texts
eye 5,033
favorite 0
comment 0
Includes bibliographical references and index
Topic: Plotinus
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Watson, William J. (William John), 1865-1948
texts
eye 5,001
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: Scottish Gaelic poetry
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Pellissier, Georges, 1852-1918
texts
eye 4,964
favorite 0
comment 0
26 35 43
Topic: French literature -- History and criticism
45 52
Topic: World War, 1914-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Adams, John Quincy, 1849-; Hinke, William John, 1871-
texts
eye 4,959
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: Auburn Theological Seminary (Auburn, N.Y.)
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Krishnaswami Aiyangar, Sakkottai, 1871-1947
texts
eye 4,834
favorite 5
comment 0
26
Topic: South India
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Cappelletti, Licurgo, 1842-1921
texts
eye 4,813
favorite 1
comment 0
Bibliography: p. [443]-451
Topics: Leopoldo II, Grand-Duke of Tuscany, 1797-1870, Tuscany (Italy) -- History, Tuscany (Italy) --...
26
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Vasconcellos, Jorge Ferreira de, d. 1585; Bell, Aubrey F. G. (Aubrey Fitz Gerald), 1882-1950
texts
eye 4,784
favorite 0
comment 0
Bound with 2 others
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Emin, Emin Joseph, 1726-1809; Apcar, Amy
texts
eye 4,729
favorite 3
comment 0
26
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Bassi, I; Cabrini, Pietro
texts
eye 4,687
favorite 2
comment 0
Vol. 2. is Ed. 2, rev. [1916]
Topic: Latin literature
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Lewis, Clarence Irving, 1883-1964
texts
eye 4,687
favorite 3
comment 0
Topic: Logic, Symbolic and mathematical