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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: Archives, Nièvre, France (Dept.)
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Périgny, Maurice, comte de, 1877-
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Topic: French
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Boileau Despréaux, Nicolas, 1636-1711; Smith, David Nichol, 1875-
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Topic: Poetry
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Topic: Arabic language
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Topic: French language
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Clément-Janin, Noël, 1862-
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918, Engraving, Posters, French
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by Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922
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Topic: Opium abuse
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by Gueneau, Louis; Gueneau, Louis. Conditions ..
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Bound with his Les conditions de la vie à Nevers (denrées, logements, salaires) à la fin de l'ancient régime, 1919)
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Valéry, Paul, 1871-1945
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Topic: Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922
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t. 1. Du côté de chez Swann , pt 1-2 -- t. 2 A l'ombre des jeune filles en fleurs, pt. 1-2 -- t. 3. Le côté de Guermantes. ptie. 1 -- t. 4. Le côté de Guermantes. ptie. 2. Sodome et Gomorrhe. ptie. 1 -- t. 5. Sodome et Gomorrhe. ptie. 2 -- t. 6. La prisonnière (Sodome et Gomorrhe 3) -- t. 7 Albertine disparue, pt. 1-2 (in one volume) -- t. 8 Le temps tetruvé, pt. 1-2
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Includes index
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by Fargue, Léon-Paul, 1876-1947
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Topic: Communism
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by Isère, France (Dept.) Archives
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Topics: Archives, Isère, France (Dept.)
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by Dugard, Henry
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Topic: Casanova, Giacomo, 1725-1798
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Bouasse, H. (Henri), 1866-1953
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Topic: Geography, Mathematical
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Topic: Treaty of Versailles (1919)
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Includes index
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922
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Topic: Renaissance
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by Herriot, Edouard, 1872-1957
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Topic: Reconstruction (1914-1939)
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Grétry, André Ernest Modeste, 1741-1813; Closson, Ernest, 1870-1950; Solay, Lucien, 1851-
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Topic: Musicians
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Topic: Claudel, Paul, 1868-1955
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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At head of title: Ét. Houvet, gardien de la cathédrale
Topics: Cathédrale de Chartres, Sculpture, Doorways
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Bruno, Giordano, 1548-1600; Charbonnel, J.-Roger
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"Ce travail est le complément logique de notre ouvrage sur La pensée italienne au XVIe siècle et le courant libertin."--Pref
Topics: Bruno, Giordano, 1548-1600, Ethics
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Blanchard, Etienne, 1883-
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by Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922
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t. 1. Du côté de chez Swann , pt 1-2 -- t. 2 A l'ombre des jeune filles en fleurs, pt. 1-2 -- t. 3. Le côté de Guermantes. ptie. 1 -- t. 4. Le côté de Guermantes. ptie. 2. Sodome et Gomorrhe. ptie. 1 -- t. 5. Sodome et Gomorrhe. ptie. 2 -- t. 6. La prisonnière (Sodome et Gomorrhe 3) -- t. 7 Albertine disparue, pt. 1-2 (in one volume) -- t. 8 Le temps tetruvé, pt. 1-2
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by Geffroy, Gustave, 1855-1926
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Bibliography: p. [445]-446
Topic: Blanqui, Louis Auguste, 1805-1881
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by Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922
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t. 1. Du côté de chez Swann , pt 1-2 -- t. 2 A l'ombre des jeune filles en fleurs, pt. 1-2 -- t. 3. Le côté de Guermantes. ptie. 1 -- t. 4. Le côté de Guermantes. ptie. 2. Sodome et Gomorrhe. ptie. 1 -- t. 5. Sodome et Gomorrhe. ptie. 2 -- t. 6. La prisonnière (Sodome et Gomorrhe 3) -- t. 7 Albertine disparue, pt. 1-2 (in one volume) -- t. 8 Le temps tetruvé, pt. 1-2
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Topic: Privateers and privateering
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by Bordeaux, Henry, 1870-1963
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Topics: Guynemer, Georges Marie Ludovic Jules, World War, 1914-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by La Laurencie, Lionel de, 1861-1933
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"Catalogue de l'oeuvre de Lully": p. [235]-239
Topic: Lully, Jean Baptiste de, 1639-1687
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Djuvara, Mircea, 1886-
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918
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by Herriot, Edouard, 1872-1957
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Topic: Reconstruction (1914-1939)
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by Cendrars, Blaise, 1887-1961
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University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Allaire, Jean-Baptiste-Arthur, 1866-
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Topics: Catholic Church, Clergy
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by Waliszewski, Kazimierz, 1849-1935
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by Institut d'Egypte (1918- )
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Mémoires
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by Coelho, Antonio Diogo do Prado, 1885-
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Topic: Castelo Branco, Camilo, 1825-1890
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by Antonelli, Étienne, 1879-
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Topic: Communism
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by Clouzot, Henri, 1865-1941; Level, A. (André)
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Topics: Art, Art
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922
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t. 1. Du côté de chez Swann , pt 1-2 -- t. 2 A l'ombre des jeune filles en fleurs, pt. 1-2 -- t. 3. Le côté de Guermantes. ptie. 1 -- t. 4. Le côté de Guermantes. ptie. 2. Sodome et Gomorrhe. ptie. 1 -- t. 5. Sodome et Gomorrhe. ptie. 2 -- t. 6. La prisonnière (Sodome et Gomorrhe 3) -- t. 7 Albertine disparue, pt. 1-2 (in one volume) -- t. 8 Le temps tetruvé, pt. 1-2
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by Brunetière, Ferdinand, 1849-1906
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Topic: French literature
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Focillon, Henri, 1881-1943
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Topic: Art
Title of report varies. Report not published every year.
Topic: Report of the Public Archives
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922
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t. 1. Du côté de chez Swann , pt 1-2 -- t. 2 A l'ombre des jeune filles en fleurs, pt. 1-2 -- t. 3. Le côté de Guermantes. ptie. 1 -- t. 4. Le côté de Guermantes. ptie. 2. Sodome et Gomorrhe. ptie. 1 -- t. 5. Sodome et Gomorrhe. ptie. 2 -- t. 6. La prisonnière (Sodome et Gomorrhe 3) -- t. 7 Albertine disparue, pt. 1-2 (in one volume) -- t. 8 Le temps tetruvé, pt. 1-2
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Topics: Clemenceau, Georges, 1841-1929, World War, 1914-1918
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by Hélot, Jules
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At head of title: L'occupation allemande a Cambrai et dans le Cambrésis
Topic: World War, 1914-1918
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by Duvernois, Henri, 1875-1937
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by Institut d'Egypte (1918- )
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Mémoires
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"A l'occasion du cinquantenaire de la paroisse Notre-Dame, des noces d'or de la Société St-Jean-Baptiste, et du retour de nos soldats, qui ont pris part à la guerre mondiale."
Topics: French-Canadians, French-Americans
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Lange, Christian Lous, 1869-1938; Schou, August, 1903-
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Topics: Peace, International relations, Arbitration, International
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by Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922
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t. 1. Du côté de chez Swann , pt 1-2 -- t. 2 A l'ombre des jeune filles en fleurs, pt. 1-2 -- t. 3. Le côté de Guermantes. ptie. 1 -- t. 4. Le côté de Guermantes. ptie. 2. Sodome et Gomorrhe. ptie. 1 -- t. 5. Sodome et Gomorrhe. ptie. 2 -- t. 6. La prisonnière (Sodome et Gomorrhe 3) -- t. 7 Albertine disparue, pt. 1-2 (in one volume) -- t. 8 Le temps tetruvé, pt. 1-2
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by Brunetière, Ferdinand, 1849-1906
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Topic: French literature
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by Vandérem, Fernand, 1864-
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by Deschanel, Paul Eugene Louis, 1856-1922
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918
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by Pouliot, Jean François, 1890-
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Topic: Ecclesiastical law
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by Vandérem, Fernand, 1864-
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by Benoît, Pierre, 1886-1962
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Topic: Normans
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by Lozynsky, Mykhalo, 1880-; Paris Peace Conference (1919-1920). Supreme Council
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918
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by Bourdaloue, Louis, 1632-1704; Griselle, Eugène, 1861-1923
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Topic: Sermons, French
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by Guyau, Augustin, 1883-1917; Janet, Paul André Marie, 1863-1937
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Topics: Guyau, Augustin, 1883-1917, World War, 1914-1918
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by Bourgeois, Emile, 1857-1934
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Topics: Arts, French, French literature, Music
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Topics: Jews, Jews
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by Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922
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t. 1. Du côté de chez Swann , pt 1-2 -- t. 2 A l'ombre des jeune filles en fleurs, pt. 1-2 -- t. 3. Le côté de Guermantes. ptie. 1 -- t. 4. Le côté de Guermantes. ptie. 2. Sodome et Gomorrhe. ptie. 1 -- t. 5. Sodome et Gomorrhe. ptie. 2 -- t. 6. La prisonnière (Sodome et Gomorrhe 3) -- t. 7 Albertine disparue, pt. 1-2 (in one volume) -- t. 8 Le temps tetruvé, pt. 1-2
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by Haumant, Émile, 1859-
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Topic: Middle class