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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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Nov 14, 2016 Hagen, Theodor; Redslob, Edwin
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NT: Th. Hagen
Topics: Painting, German, Expressionism (Art), Expressionism (Art), Painting, German
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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Oct 2, 2014 National Portrait Gallery (Great Britain)
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Topics: Art, Portraits
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Oct 31, 2012 Faure, Elie, 1873-1937
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Topic: Art
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Bibliography: p. [45]-46
Topics: Christian art and symbolism, Grief
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Apr 11, 2011 Evdokimov, Ivan Vasilevich, 1887-
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Topics: Church architecture, Art, Russian
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Feb 17, 2011 Sen, Jaminikanta
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Topic: Symbolism in art
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Feb 16, 2011 Cornelius, Hans, 1863-
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Topics: Aesthetics, Art
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Feb 1, 2011 Springer, A. (Anton), 1825-1891
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v. 4, 10., verb. und erw. Aufl
Topic: Art
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Jan 17, 2011 Springer, A. (Anton), 1825-1891
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Topic: Art
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Jan 14, 2011 Rosenberg, Adolf, 1850-1906
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Topic: Art
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Dec 2, 2010 Springer, A. (Anton), 1825-1891
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v. 4, 10., verb. und erw. Aufl
Topic: Art
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Nov 18, 2010 Diehl, August
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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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Nov 10, 2010 Gregory, Lady, 1852-1932
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Topics: Lane, Hugh Percy, Sir, 1875-1915, Municipal Gallery of Modern Art (Dublin (Dublin)), National...
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Jul 9, 2010 Faure, Elie, 1873-1937
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Topic: Art
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Topics: Naval art and science, Italian language, English language
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Topics: Christian art and symbolism, Art
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Mar 11, 2010 Sarre, Friedrich Paul Theodor, 1865-1945
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Bibliography: p. 54-65
Topic: Art
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Mar 2, 2010 Réau, Louis, 1881-1961
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"Index des noms propres"
Topic: Art
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Topics: Art, French, Art, Belgian
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Jan 29, 2010 Hourticq, Louis, 1875-1944
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Topic: Art
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Jan 7, 2010
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Some vols. in reprint edition
Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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Jan 7, 2010
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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Jan 7, 2010
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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Jan 7, 2010
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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Jan 7, 2010
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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Jan 7, 2010
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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Jan 7, 2010
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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Jan 7, 2010
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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Jul 23, 2009 Cesareo, Giovanni Alfredo, 1861-1937
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Topics: Aesthetics, Art
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Apr 3, 2009 Petraycka-Tomicka, Jadwiga
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Topics: Polish literature, Art
Issued also in German
Topics: Art, Illumination (of MSS. and books), Manuscripts
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Nov 6, 2008 Hagen, Oskar Frank Leonard, 1888-
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Topics: Drawing, Germany -- Art
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Oct 15, 2008 Fries, Nicolaus; abar, 838?-923
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Topics: Military art and science -- History, Omeyyads, Islamic Empire -- History, Military
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Aug 29, 2008 Waldmann, Emil, 1880-1945
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Includes indexes
Topics: Portrait painting -- History, Portraits, Art, Modern -- 19th century History
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Aug 28, 2008 Schottmüller, Frida, 1872-1936
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Topics: Interior decoration -- Italy, Furniture, Renaissance -- Italy History, Art, Renaissance
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Topics: Rops, Félicien Victor Joseph, 1833-1898, Art
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Aug 7, 2008 Justi, Ludwig, 1876-; National-Galerie (Germany)
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Topics: Painting, German -- Exhibitions, Expressionism (Art)
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Aug 6, 2008 Signac, Paul, 1863-1935
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Topics: Delacroix, Eugène, 1798-1863, Painting -- History 19th century, Impressionism (Art)
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Aug 6, 2008 Kheiri, Sattar
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Topics: Painting -- India, Art, Islamic, Illumination of books and manuscripts -- India History
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Aug 5, 2008 Ratouis de Limay, Paul, 1881-
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Topics: Art criticism, Artists -- Correspondence, reminiscences, etc
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Aug 2, 2008 Worringer, Wilhelm, 1881-1965
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Topics: Art, Abstract, Art -- Psychology
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Aug 1, 2008 Focillon, Henri, 1881-1943
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Topic: Art, Buddhist
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Jul 31, 2008 Kreitmaier, Josef, 1874-
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Topics: Art -- Germany Beuron History, Art, German -- History, Christian art and symbolism
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Jul 30, 2008 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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Jul 29, 2008 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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Apr 3, 2008 Trend, John Brande, 1887-
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Topics: Music -- History and criticism, Spanish literature -- History and criticism, Catalan literature --...
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Feb 21, 2008 Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832; Spingarn, Joel Elias, 1875-1939
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Topics: Art, Literature
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Dec 21, 2007 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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Dec 20, 2007 Robertson, Frederick Leslie
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Topics: Naval art and science -- History, Warships, Ordnance, Naval
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Sep 11, 2007 Hamilton, Ian, Sir, 1853-1947
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Topics: Military art and science, Armies
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Apr 20, 2007 Lucas, E. V. (Edward Verrall), 1868-1938
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Includes index
Topics: Art -- Italy Florence, Florence (Italy) -- Description and travel
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Mar 8, 2007 Hyde, Walter Woodburn
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Topics: Sculpture, Greece -- Art
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Feb 27, 2007 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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Topics: Art objects, Classical, Vases, Candelabra
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Feb 26, 2007 Maspero, G. (Gaston), 1846-1916
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Topics: Art -- Egypt, Egypt -- Antiquities
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Feb 19, 2007 Carpenter, Rhys, 1889-
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Topic: Greece -- Art