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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
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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 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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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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Includes bibliographical references and index
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
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Lévy-Bruhl, Lucien, 1857-1939
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Microfilm-xerography reprint
Topics: Primitive societies, Ethnopsychology, Primitive societies
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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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by Jonson, Ben, 1573?-1637; Drummond, William, 1585-1649; Patterson, Richard Ferrar, 1888-
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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
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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 Jenkins, Charles Francis, 1865-1951
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Includes bibliographical references
Topics: Friends, Society of. Virgin Islands, Tortola (British Virgin Islands)
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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 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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Thesis - University of Chicago, 1920
Topic: Penance
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by Cornford, Francis Macdonald, 1874-1943
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Topics: English literature -- Translations from Greek, Philosophy, Ancient, Greek literature --...
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Topic: Buddhaghosa
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by Cassirer, Ernst, 1874-1945; Swabey, William Curtis, 1894-; Swabey, Marie Taylor (Collins) 1891- joint tr
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Topics: Relativity (Physics), Knowledge, Theory of, Substance (Philosophy)
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by Pollard, Alfred W. (Alfred William), 1859-1944; Greg, W. W. (Walter Wilson), 1875-1959
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Topics: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, Sir Thomas More (Old Play)
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by Langdon, Stephen, 1876-1937
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Topic: Sumerian language -- Texts
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by Wright, F. A. (Frederick Adam), 1869-1946
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Topics: Feminism -- Greece, Greek literature -- History and criticism, Women in literature, Women -- Greece
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by Warrand, Duncan, 1877-; Barron, Evan Macleod, 1879-
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Topics: Forbes family, Inverness (Scotland) -- History Sources, genealogy
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by Student Christian Movement of Great Britain and Ireland; Davies, Walford, Sir, 1869-1941
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Topic: Hymns, English
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by Leslie, Shane, 1885-1971; Sykes, Mark, 1879-1919; Churchill, Winston, Sir, 1874-1965
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Cohen
Topic: Sykes, Mark, 1879-1919
Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-206)
Topics: Education -- Ireland History, Monasteries -- Ireland, Education, Medieval -- Ireland
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Holland, Henry Edward Vassall Fox, Baron, 1802-1859; Ilchester, Giles Stephen Holland Fox-Strangways, Earl of, b. 1874
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Topic: Great Britain -- Court and courtiers