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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 Bellows, Henry Adams, 1885-1939
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Topic: Holy, The
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Topics: Clans, Highlands (Scotland)
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by Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945; Quaranta di San Severino, Bernardo, barone di, tr. [and] ed
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Mussolini the "socialist"; Mussolini the "Man of the War"; Mussolini the "Fascista friend of the people"; Mussolini the "Fascista"; Mussolini the "Fascista member of parliament"; Mussolini the "Fascista Prime Minister"
Topic: Italy -- History 1900-
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Topic: India -- History
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Topic: Mimamsa
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Topic: Ganda language -- Grammar
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by Kanada; Sankara Misra; Chandrakanta Tarakalankara; Jayanarayana Tarkapanchanana
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Topic: Vaisesika
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by Robinson, Theodore H. (Theodore Henry), 1881-1964; Peake, Arthur S. (Arthur Samuel), 1865-1929
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Topic: Prophets
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by Law, Alice
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Topic: Brontë, Patrick Branwell, 1817-1848
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by Hatim Tilawônu; Stein, Aurel, Sir, 1862-1943; Grierson, George Abraham, Sir, 1851-
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by Hodder-Williams, Ralph Wilfred
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v. 1. Narrative.--v. 2. The roll of honour and appendices
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Topics: Canada. Army. Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, World War, 1914-1918 -- Regimental...
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by Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881; Dostoevskaia, Anna Grigorevna Snitkina, 1846-1918; Koteliansky, S. S. (Samuel Solomonovitch), 1880-1955; Murry, John Middleton, 1889-1957
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"Reminiscences of F.M. Dostoevsky by his wife, Anna Gregorevna Dostoevsky": p. [97]-153
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Topics: Clans, Highlands (Scotland)
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by Thompson, C. J. S. (Charles John Samuel), 1862-1943
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Topics: Poisoners, Poisons
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by Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778; Cole, G. D. H. (George Douglas Howard), 1889-1959
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Topics: Political science, Social contract
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by Miles, John Charles, Sir, 1870-; Brierly, James Leslie, 1881-
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Topic: Contracts
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by Anson, William Reynell, Sir, 1843-1914; Gwyer, Maurice Linford
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Topics: Agency (Law) -- Great Britain, Contracts
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by Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965
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Includes index
Topics: World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918
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by Brigham, Carl Campbell, 1890-
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Topics: Intellect, Mental tests
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by Hrotsvitha, ca. 935-ca. 975; St. John, Christopher (Christopher Marie)
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"The works consulted": p. [ii]
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by Mistral, Gabriela, 1889-1957
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Topics: Spanish language, Spanish literature -- Collections
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by Ahikar (Folktale); Cowley, A. E. (Arthur Ernest), 1861-1931; Darius I, King of Persia, 548-485 B.C
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Topics: Manuscripts, Aramaic (Papyri), Names, Aramaic, Jews -- History To 70 A.D, Aramaic language --...
Bibliography: p. 215-236
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Topic: Shackleton, Ernest Henry, Sir, 1874-1922
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by Russan, Lilian; Russan, Ashmore
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topics: Streets -- England London, Historic sites -- England London, London (England) -- Guidebooks
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Topics: Newton, Isaac, Sir, 1642-1727, Metaphysics, Physics, Science -- Philosophy
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Topics: Diaries -- Bibliography, New England -- History Bibliography, United States -- History Bibliography
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by Wild, Frank, 1874-; Macklin, Alexander Hepburn, 1889-
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Topics: Shackleton, Ernest Henry, Sir, 1874-1922, Quest (Ship), Antarctica
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by Haust, Jean, 1868-1946
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Topics: Walloon dialect -- Etymology, French language -- Etymology, French language -- Old French Etymology
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Topics: English poetry (Collections), American poetry (Collections)
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by Petronius Arbiter; Mitchell, John Malcolm, 1879-
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by Anderson, Nels, 1889-1986; Chicago Council of Social Agencies
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A study prepared for the Chicago Council of Social Agencies under the direction of the Committee on Homeless Men
Topic: Tramps
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by Peirce, Charles S. (Charles Sanders), 1839-1914; Cohen, Morris Raphael, 1880-1947; Dewey, John, 1859-1952
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Topics: Peirce, Charles S. (Charles Sanders), 1839-1914, Philosophy
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by Parry-Williams, T. H. (Thomas Herbert), Sir, 1887-1975
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Topics: Welsh language -- Foreign words and phrases English, Welsh language -- Etymology
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Topics: Competition, Unfair, Trademarks
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by Lawrence, D. H. (David Herbert), 1885-1930
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Topics: English essays -- History and criticism, English periodicals -- History, English literature -- 18th...
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by Chambers, E. K. (Edmund Kerchever), 1866-1954
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Topics: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, Theater -- England History, Theaters -- England London, English...
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by Bandelier, Adolph Francis Alphonse, 1840-1914; Bandelier, Fanny R.; Hackett, Charles Wilson, 1888-
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Topics: Mexico -- History, New Mexico -- History
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by Budge, E. A. Wallis (Ernest Alfred Wallis), Sir, 1857-1934
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Topics: Tutenkhamûn, King of Egypt, Hymns, Egyptian, Egyptian language -- Inscriptions, Egypt -- Religion
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by Wilson, James, (Sir) 1853-1926
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Topics: Burns, Robert, 1759-1796, Scots language -- Scotland Ayrshire
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by Llull, Ramon, 1232?-1316; Peers, E. Allison (Edgar Allison), 1891-1952
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Topic: Mysticism -- Spain
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by Bjorkhagen, Immanuel, 1888-
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"The present volume is the practical complement to my ModernSwedish grammar. (P.A. Norstedt and Soners Forlag, Stockholm, 192)"
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Topic: Swedish language -- Grammar
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by Parry, Edward Abbott, Sir, 1863-1943
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Topics: Law, Legal ethics
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Topics: Creation, Cosmology, Babylonian
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by Nariman, Gushtaspshah Kaikhushro, d. 1933; Winternitz, Moriz, 1863-1937; Lévi, Sylvain, 1863-1935; Huber, Eduard, 1879-1914
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Topics: Sanskrit literature -- History and criticism, Buddha and Buddhism
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by Bjorkhagen, Immanuel, 1888-
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"First Swedish Book" forms a necessary complement to the grammar
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Topic: Swedish language -- Grammar
Vol. 1. Text.- Vol. 2. Album
Topics: Palaeography, Spanish, Palaeography, Latin
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by Lévy-Bruhl, Lucien, 1857-1939
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Microfilm-xerography reprint
Topics: Primitive societies, Ethnopsychology, Primitive societies
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by Porter, Arthur Kingsley, 1883-1933
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v. 1. Text.-v. 2-10, plates: v. 2. Burgundy.-v. 3. Tuscany and Apulia.-v. 4. Aquitaine.-v. 5. Catalonia and Aragon.-v. 6. Castile, Asturias, Galicia.-v. 7. Western France.-v. 8. Auvergne and Dauphine.-v. 9. Provence.-v. 10. Ile-de-France
Topics: Sculpture, Romanesque, Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages, Christian art and symbolism -- Medieval,...
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by Spence, Lewis, 1874-
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Topic: Indians of Mexico
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918
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Topic: Icelandic language -- Grammar
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by Jonson, Ben, 1573?-1637; Drummond, William, 1585-1649; Patterson, Richard Ferrar, 1888-
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by Vendrame, G
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Topics: Lettering, Alphabets
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Topics: London (England) Gaiety Theatre, Actors, Actresses
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by Fuller, John Frederick Charles, 1878-
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Topics: Military art and science, War
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by Teignmouth, Henry Noel Shore, baron, 1847-1926; Harper, Charles G. (Charles George), 1863-1943
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Topics: Great Britain. Coastguard Service, Smuggling, Great Britain -- Commerce History
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by Bergman, Bo, 1869-1967
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Topics: Spanish literature -- Bibliography, Spain -- Bibliography
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by Lydgate, John, 1370?-1451?; Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375; Laurent de Premierfait, d. 1418; Bergen, Henry, 1873-
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Topics: Furniture, English, Moldings
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by Giuliotti, Domenico, 1877-; Papini, Giovanni, 1881-1956
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Vol. 1. A.-B
Topic: Italian literature
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by Jenkins, Charles Francis, 1865-1951
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Topics: Friends, Society of. Virgin Islands, Tortola (British Virgin Islands)
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by Lydgate, John, 1370?-1451?; Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375; Laurent de Premierfait, d. 1418; Bergen, Henry, 1873-
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Topic: genealogy
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by Lefebvre, Gustave; Egypt. Maslahat al-Athar
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1. ptie. Description.- 2. ptie. Les textes.- 3 ptie. Vocabulaire et planches
Topics: Petosiris, Tombs, Egyptian language -- Inscriptions, Egypt -- Antiquities
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by O'Leary, De Lacy, b. 1872
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Topic: Semitic languages -- Grammar, Comparative
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by O'Leary, De Lacy, b. 1872
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Topics: Caliphate, Egypt -- History, Modern
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by Flower, Newman, Sir, 1879-1964
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Bibliography: p. 341-358
Topic: Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759
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by Campbell, Persia Crawford, 1898-1974
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Topics: Contract labor, China -- Emigration and immigration, Great Britain -- Colonies Emigration and...
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by Vyrubova, Anna Aleksandrovna, 1884-
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Topics: Romanov, House of, Soviet Union -- Court and courtiers, Russia -- History Nicholas II, 1894-1917,...
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by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616; Sampson, George, 1873-1950
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