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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: French language
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Topic: Quotations
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by Rabat, Morocco. Institut des hautes études marocaines
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Some issues include Bibliographie marocaine; 1930 (t. 11) has Bibliographie du Sahara occidental
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by Rabat, Morocco. al-Khiznah al-'mmah lil-kutub wa-al-Mustanadat; Lévi-Provençal, Evariste, 1894-1956
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Topics: Manuscripts, Arabic, Manuscripts
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by Grob, Jacques, d. 1915; Vannérus, Jules
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t. 1. Documents fiscaux de 1306 à 1537
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by Gaspé, Jacques de, pseud
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Topic: Chouinard family
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Topic: Anne (Mother of the Virgin Mary), Saint
"Bibliografia": p. 46
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Topic: Decoration and ornament
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by Aleramo, Sibilla, 1876-1960
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by Vincennes, France. Bibliothèque de documentation internationale contemporaine et musée de la grande guerre; Dubois, Jean; Appuhn, Charles, 1862-
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918
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Topic: Czech literature
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by Rais, Gilles de, 1404-1440; Fleuret, Fernand, 1884-1942
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by Marouzeau, J. (Jules), 1878-1964
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Topics: Language, Grammar
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by Biblioteca nazionale centrale di Firenze
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Issues for 1901-57 called also n. 1-680
Topic: Italian literature
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Topic: Oratorios
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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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"Bibliographie générale": p. viii-ix
Topics: Civilization, African, Africa, North -- History
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by Cendrars, Blaise, 1887-1961
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Topic: Tales, African
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Vol. 2 published by Nicola
Topic: Italian drama
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by Baluze, Etienne, 1630-1718., collector; Bibliothèque nationale (France); Auvray, Lucien, 1860-1937; Poupardin, René, 1874-1927
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Topics: Manuscripts, French -- Catalogs, Manuscripts -- France Catalogs
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by Bourciez, Édouard Eugène Joseph, 1854-1946
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Topic: French language -- Phonetics
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by Marty, Paul, 1882-1938
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Topic: Brakna
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Topics: Painting -- History, Painting, Ancient
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by Facchinetti, Vittorino, 1883-
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Bibliography: p. [xi]-xxx
Topic: Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226
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by Vendryes, J. (Joseph), 1875-1960
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Bibliographie: p. [421]-429
Topic: Language and languages
Publication suspended July 1940-Sept. 1946
Topic: Literature, Comparative
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by Mirabeau, Honoré-Gabriel de Riquetti, comte de, 1749-1791; Apollinaire, Guillaume, 1880-1918; Pierrugues, P. (Pierre)
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Topic: Erotic literature
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Topic: Reformation
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by Santesson, Carl Gustaf, 1819-1886
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Topic: Romance languages -- Grammar
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by Gaultier, Jules de, 1858-1942
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Topic: Flaubert, Gustave, 1821-1880
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Topics: Ronsard, Pierre de, 1524-1585, Humanism, French literature -- 16th century History and criticism,...
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Topics: Guarino, Veronese, 1374-1460, Authors, Italian, Ferrara (Italy) -- Intellectual life
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by Quintavalle, Ferruccio
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Vol. 1. Dal Congresso di Berlino (Luglio 1878) agli Armistizi (Novembre 1918)- Vol. 2. Dagli Armistizi (Novembre 1918) alla firma dell'ultimo trattato di pace (Novembre 1920)
Topic: World War, 1914-1918
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by Rabat, Morocco. Institut des hautes études marocaines
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Some issues include Bibliographie marocaine; 1930 (t. 11) has Bibliographie du Sahara occidental
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by Doubs, France (Dept.) Archives
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Topics: Archives, Doubs, France (Dept.)
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by Chassé, Charles, 1883-1965; Gauguin, Paul, 1848-1903
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Topic: Gauguin, Paul, 1848-1903
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Vol. 2 published by Nicola
Topic: Italian drama
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by Ab Ysuf Yaqb, 731 or 2-798; Fagnan, E. (Edmond), 1846-1931
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Topics: Arabic language -- Texts, Real property tax -- Islamic Empire, Real property tax (Islamic law) --...
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Topics: Don Juan (Legendary character), Literature, Comparative -- Themes, motives, Literature, Comparative...
Vol. 1. Ibn Mjid (texte Arabe)- Vol. 2. Sulayman al-Mahri et Ibn Majid (texte Arabe) -- Vol. 3. Introduction a l'astronomie nautique arabe
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Topics: Navigation -- Early works to 1800, Arabic language -- Texts and translations, Arabic literature
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by D'Annunzio, Gabriele, 1863-1938
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by Spampanato, Vincenzo, 1873-1928
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Bibliographical footnotes
Topic: Bruno, Giordano, 1548-1600
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by Rabat, Morocco. Institut des hautes études marocaines
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by Lagrange, Marie-Joseph, 1855-1938
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Topic: Bible
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by Gide, André, 1869-1951
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Vol. 1. Ibn Mjid (texte Arabe)- Vol. 2. Sulayman al-Mahri et Ibn Majid (texte Arabe) -- Vol. 3. Introduction a l'astronomie nautique arabe
Topics: Navigation -- Early works to 1800, Arabic language -- Texts and translations, Arabic literature
Vol. 1. Il trecento ed il quattrocento.- Vol. 2. Il cinquecento
Topics: Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375, Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321, Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374, Virgil,...
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by Spampanato, Vincenzo, 1873-1928
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Topic: Bruno, Giordano, 1548-1600
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by Marivaux, Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de, 1688-1763; Bonnefon, Paul, 1861-1922
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by Faider, Paul, 1886-1940; Pompilius, Paulus, pseud.? 1453 or 4-1490 or 91
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Topic: Seneca, Lucius Annaeus, ca. 4 B.C.-65 A.D
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by Pitollet, Camille, 1874-
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Topic: Blasco Ibáñez, Vicente, 1867-1928
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Topics: Catullus, Gaius Valerius, Horace
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by La Fontaine, Jean de, 1621-1695; Valéry, Paul, 1871-1945
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Topic: Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321
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At head of title: Bruno Brunelli
Topics: Theater, Opera
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Topic: Jirásek, Alois, 1841-1930
Text and t.p. in Arabic. reads "El Munta-khabat"
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Topic: Arabic literature
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by Busetto, Natale, 1877-
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Topic: Manzoni, Alessandro, 1785-1873
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by Dussaud, René, 1868-
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Topics: Judaism, Sacrifice
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by Boine, Giovanni, 1887-1917; Boine, Giovanni, 1887-1917. Frantumi
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Topics: Prohibited books, Prohibited books
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by Gide, André, 1869-1951
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Topics: Painting, French, Painters, French
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by Pinchon, J; Languereau, Maurice
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Topic: Wit and humor, Pictorial
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by Leopardi, Giacomo, 1798-1837
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Publication suspended July 1940-Sept. 1946
Topic: Literature, Comparative
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Topic: Renaissance -- Italy
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by Cyrano de Bergerac, 1619-1655; Lachèvre, Frédéric, 1855-
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by Rochemonteix, Camille de, 1834-1923; Ducrot, Auguste Alexandre, 1817-1882
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Topic: French
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by Antoine, André, 1858-1943
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Topics: Théâtre libre (Paris, France), Dramatists, French, Theater -- Paris
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by Juret, A.-C., b. 1872
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Topic: Latin language
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by Bugiel, V
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Topic: Polish literature