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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 Cheetham, Mark; Hutcheon, Linda, 1947-
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Topics: Art, Canadian, Art, Modern -- 20th century Canada, Postmodernism -- Canada
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by Signac, Paul, 1863-1935
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Topics: Delacroix, Eugène, 1798-1863, Painting -- History 19th century, Impressionism (Art)
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Topics: Naval art and science, Italian language, English language
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by Hyde, Walter Woodburn
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Topics: Sculpture, Greece -- Art
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by Robertson, Frederick Leslie
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Topics: Naval art and science -- History, Warships, Ordnance, Naval
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by Worringer, Wilhelm, 1881-1965
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Topics: Art, Abstract, Art -- Psychology
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by Pelizaeus Museum; Ippel, Albert, 1885-; Roeder, Günther, 1881-1966
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Topics: Art, Egyptian, Art, Greco-Roman, Egypt -- Antiquities
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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by Evdokimov, Ivan Vasilevich, 1887-
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Topics: Church architecture, Art, Russian
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Topics: Interior decoration -- Italy, Furniture, Renaissance -- Italy History, Art, Renaissance
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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by Maspero, G. (Gaston), 1846-1916
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Topics: Art -- Egypt, Egypt -- Antiquities
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Topics: Rops, Félicien Victor Joseph, 1833-1898, Art
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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by Trend, John Brande, 1887-
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Topics: Music -- History and criticism, Spanish literature -- History and criticism, Catalan literature --...
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by Lucas, E. V. (Edward Verrall), 1868-1938
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Topics: Art -- Italy Florence, Florence (Italy) -- Description and travel
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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by British Museum. Dept. of British and Mediaeval Antiquities; Dalton, O. M. (Ormonde Maddock), 1866-1945
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Topics: Art -- England London Catalogs, Art, Byzantine, Christian art and symbolism, Christian antiquities
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by Kheiri, Sattar
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Topics: Painting -- India, Art, Islamic, Illumination of books and manuscripts -- India History
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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by Fries, Nicolaus; abar, 838?-923
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Topics: Military art and science -- History, Omeyyads, Islamic Empire -- History, Military
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by Hallays, André, 1859-1930
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Includes bibliography
Topics: Art -- France Avignon, Art -- France Comtat Venaissin, Avignon (France) -- Description and travel,...
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by Faure, Elie, 1873-1937
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Topic: Art
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by Réau, Louis, 1881-1961
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"Index des noms propres"
Topic: Art
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Topics: Art objects, Classical, Vases, Candelabra
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by Sarre, Friedrich Paul Theodor, 1865-1945
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Bibliography: p. 54-65
Topic: Art
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by Focillon, Henri, 1881-1943
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Topic: Art, Buddhist
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by Hamilton, Ian, Sir, 1853-1947
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Topics: Military art and science, Armies
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Topics: Art -- Germany Beuron History, Art, German -- History, Christian art and symbolism
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by Faure, Elie, 1873-1937
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Topic: Art
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Topics: Art, French, Art, Belgian
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Topic: Greece -- Art
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by Ure, P. N. (Percy Neville), 1879-1950
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Topics: Greek literature -- History, Art -- Greece, Greece -- History, Greece -- Civilization
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by Springer, A. (Anton), 1825-1891
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Topic: Art
On cover: Catalogue of war portraits by American artists, under the auspices of Yale University and by courtesy of the American Federation of Arts, New Haven Public Library 16-30 June 1921
Topics: Art, World War, 1914-1918
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by Springer, A. (Anton), 1825-1891
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Topic: Art
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by Waldmann, Emil, 1880-1945
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Includes indexes
Topics: Portrait painting -- History, Portraits, Art, Modern -- 19th century History
Issued also in German
Topics: Art, Illumination (of MSS. and books), Manuscripts
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by Rosenberg, Adolf, 1850-1906
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Topic: Art
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by Springer, A. (Anton), 1825-1891
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Topic: Art
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Bibliography: p. [ix-x]
Topics: Phidias, ca. 500-ca. 430 B.C, Parthenon (Athens, Greece), Horses in art
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by Ratouis de Limay, Paul, 1881-
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Topics: Art criticism, Artists -- Correspondence, reminiscences, etc
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Topics: Lane, Hugh Percy, Sir, 1875-1915, Municipal Gallery of Modern Art (Dublin (Dublin)), National...
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Topics: Aesthetics, Art
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by Hagen, Oskar Frank Leonard, 1888-
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Topics: Drawing, Germany -- Art
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Topics: Painting, German -- Exhibitions, Expressionism (Art)
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by Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832; Spingarn, Joel Elias, 1875-1939
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Topics: Art, Literature
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by National Portrait Gallery (Great Britain)
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Topics: Art, Portraits
Bibliography: p. [45]-46
Topics: Christian art and symbolism, Grief
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by Petraycka-Tomicka, Jadwiga
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Topics: Polish literature, Art
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by Hourticq, Louis, 1875-1944
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Topic: Art
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by Cesareo, Giovanni Alfredo, 1861-1937
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Topics: Aesthetics, Art
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Topics: Christian art and symbolism, Art
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by Sen, Jaminikanta
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Topic: Symbolism in art
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by Hagen, Theodor; Redslob, Edwin
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NT: Th. Hagen
Topics: Painting, German, Expressionism (Art), Expressionism (Art), Painting, German