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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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1921 Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832; Spingarn, Joel Elias, 1875-1939
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Topics: Art, Literature
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1921 Sen, Jaminikanta
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Topic: Symbolism in art
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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1921 Springer, A. (Anton), 1825-1891
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1921 Maspero, G. (Gaston), 1846-1916
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Topics: Art -- Egypt, Egypt -- Antiquities
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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1921 Hyde, Walter Woodburn
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Topics: Sculpture, Greece -- Art
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1921 Hourticq, Louis, 1875-1944
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Topic: Art
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1921 Trend, John Brande, 1887-
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Topics: Music -- History and criticism, Spanish literature -- History and criticism, Catalan literature --...
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1921 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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1921 Signac, Paul, 1863-1935
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Topics: Delacroix, Eugène, 1798-1863, Painting -- History 19th century, Impressionism (Art)
Bibliography: p. [45]-46
Topics: Christian art and symbolism, Grief
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1921 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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1921 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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1921 Springer, A. (Anton), 1825-1891
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Topic: Art
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1921 Focillon, Henri, 1881-1943
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Topic: Art, Buddhist
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Topics: Art, Illumination (of MSS. and books), Manuscripts
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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1921 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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1921 Hamilton, Ian, Sir, 1853-1947
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Topics: Military art and science, Armies
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Topics: Naval art and science, Italian language, English language
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1921 Robertson, Frederick Leslie
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Topics: Naval art and science -- History, Warships, Ordnance, Naval
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1921 Waldmann, Emil, 1880-1945
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Topics: Portrait painting -- History, Portraits, Art, Modern -- 19th century History
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1921 Fries, Nicolaus; abar, 838?-923
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Topics: Military art and science -- History, Omeyyads, Islamic Empire -- History, Military
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Topics: Lane, Hugh Percy, Sir, 1875-1915, Municipal Gallery of Modern Art (Dublin (Dublin)), National...
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1921 Faure, Elie, 1873-1937
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Topic: Art
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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1921 Petraycka-Tomicka, Jadwiga
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Topics: Polish literature, Art
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1921 Hallays, André, 1859-1930
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Topics: Art -- France Avignon, Art -- France Comtat Venaissin, Avignon (France) -- Description and travel,...
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1921 Sarre, Friedrich Paul Theodor, 1865-1945
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Bibliography: p. 54-65
Topic: Art
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Topics: Rops, Félicien Victor Joseph, 1833-1898, Art
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1921 National Portrait Gallery (Great Britain)
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Topics: Art, Portraits
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1921 Kheiri, Sattar
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Topics: Painting -- India, Art, Islamic, Illumination of books and manuscripts -- India History
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Topics: Art, French, Art, Belgian
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1921 Rosenberg, Adolf, 1850-1906
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Topic: Art
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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Topics: Interior decoration -- Italy, Furniture, Renaissance -- Italy History, Art, Renaissance
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1921 Faure, Elie, 1873-1937
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Topic: Art
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Topics: Christian art and symbolism, Art
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Topic: Greece -- Art
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1921 Justi, Ludwig, 1876-; National-Galerie (Germany)
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Topics: Painting, German -- Exhibitions, Expressionism (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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1921 Ratouis de Limay, Paul, 1881-
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Topics: Art criticism, Artists -- Correspondence, reminiscences, etc
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1921 Cesareo, Giovanni Alfredo, 1861-1937
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Topics: Aesthetics, Art
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1921 Hagen, Oskar Frank Leonard, 1888-
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Topics: Drawing, Germany -- Art
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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Topics: Aesthetics, Art
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1921 Worringer, Wilhelm, 1881-1965
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Topics: Art, Abstract, Art -- Psychology
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1921 Springer, A. (Anton), 1825-1891
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Topic: Art
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1921 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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1921 Kreitmaier, Josef, 1874-
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Topics: Art -- Germany Beuron History, Art, German -- History, Christian art and symbolism
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Topics: Art objects, Classical, Vases, Candelabra
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1921 Réau, Louis, 1881-1961
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"Index des noms propres"
Topic: Art
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Topics: Literature, Russian literature, Art
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1921 Evdokimov, Ivan Vasilevich, 1887-
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Topics: Church architecture, Art, Russian
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1921 Hagen, Theodor; Redslob, Edwin
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NT: Th. Hagen
Topics: Painting, German, Expressionism (Art), Expressionism (Art), Painting, German