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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: Icelandic language -- Grammar
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by Palyi, Melchior, 1892-; Weber, Max, 1864-1920
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Einführung: Max Weber als Nationalökonom und Politiker, von Gerhart von Schulze-Gaevernitz.- Pt. 1 Geschichte und Methodenlehre.- Pt. 2. Natürliche und individuell-phychologische Grundlagen des Gesellschaftsleben.- Pt. 3. Grundkategorien und Elementarformen der Vergesellschaftung.- Pt. 4. Soziologie der Sprache.- Bd. II. Pt. 5. Strukturprobleme des modernen Staates.- Pt. 6. Soziologie der Religion, der Künste and Wissenschaft.- Pt. 7. Klassen und Stände.- Pt. 8. Wirtschaftsgeschichte und...
Topic: Sociology
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by Baum, Julius, b. 1882
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Topics: Art -- Germany Swabia, genealogy
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by Jaeger, Werner Wilhelm, 1888-1961
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Topics: Aristotle, Philosophy, Ancient
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by Lüthgen, Eugen, 1882-
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Topics: Sculpture, Romanesque, Sculpture
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Topics: Residenz zu Würzburg, Architecture, Baroque
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Topics: Decoration and ornament -- History, Decoration and ornament
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Topic: Bohomolec, Franciszek, 1720-1784
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by Cassirer, Ernst, 1874-1945
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Vol. 1. - Der Sprache.- Vol. 2. - Das mythische Denken.- Vol. 3. - Phänomenologie der Erkenntnis
Topics: Knowledge, Language, Mythology, Symbolism
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Topics: Russia -- Industries, Russia -- Economic conditions 1918-, Russia -- Intellectual life
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by Sartorius von Waltershausen, August, Freiherr, 1852-1938
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by Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863; Grimm, Wilhelm, 1786-1859; Gürtler, Hans, 1887-1920; Leitzmann, Albert, 1867-1950
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Bibliography: p. [191]-194
Topics: Hofmannsthal, Hugo von, 1874-1929, Romanticism, Literature, Modern -- 19th century History and...
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Topics: Sculpture, Bronzes
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by Blei, Franz, 1871-1942
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Topics: France -- Social life and customs 18th century, Europe -- Social life and customs 18th century
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Topics: Basedow, Johann Bernhard, 1724-1790, Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832, Lavater, Johann...
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Topics: Art, Early Christian, Art, Medieval, Art, Byzantine, Christian art and symbolism
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by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669; Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold, 1880-1958
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Topic: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669
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Topic: Berosus, the Chaldean
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by Holl, Karl, 1866-1926
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"Bibliographische Nachweise": p. [345]-352
Topic: German drama (Comedy) -- History and criticism
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Topics: Engraving -- Collectors and collecting, Engraving -- Bibliography
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by Pfuhl, Ernst, 1876-
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Topics: Painting, Greek, Vase-painting, Greek
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by Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Germany); Volbach, Wolfgang Fritz, 1892-1988
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Topics: Ivories -- Catalogs, Sculpture -- Berlin Catalogs, genealogy
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Topics: Sculpture, Gothic, Wood-carving, German
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Topic: Grünewald, Matthias, 16th cent
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by Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold, 1880-1958; Hals, Frans, 1584-1666
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Topic: Hals, Frans, 1584-1666
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by Kühnel, Ernst, 1882-1964
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Topics: Painting, Islamic, Illumination of books and manuscripts
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Topics: Civilization, Medieval, Germanic peoples, Europe -- Civilization
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Topics: Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900, Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883
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by Myers, Gustavus, 1872-1942
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Bd. 1. Die Verhältnisse in der Niederlassungs- und Kolonialzeit. Die grossen Landvermögen. Die grossen Vermögen aus Eisenbahnen.- Bd. 2. Grosse Vermögen der Industrie
Topics: Wealth -- United States, United States -- Economic conditions
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Topic: Landscape painting -- Europe History
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Bibliography: p. 199-200
Topics: Indo-Europeans -- Civilization, Jews -- Civilization
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by Aberg, Nils Fritiof, 1888-
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Topics: Fibula (Archaeology), Goths in Italy, Lombards
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by Dilthey, Wilhelm, 1833-1911; Yorck von Wartenburg, Paul, Graf, 1835-1897; Schulenburg, Sigrid von der, Gräfin, 1885-
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Topic: Dilthey, Wilhelm, 1833-1911
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by Jerusalem, Wilhelm, 1854-1923
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Topic: Philosophy
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by Riegl, Alois, 1858-1905; Burda, Arthur; Dvorák, Max, 1874-1921
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Topics: Art, Baroque, Architecture, Baroque, Art -- Italy Rome, Architecture -- Italy Rome
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Topic: Illumination of books and manuscripts -- Germany History
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Topics: Madhvas, genealogy
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by Kittel, Rudolf, 1853-1929
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Vol. 1. Palästina in der Urzeit; Das Werden des Volkes; Geschichte der Zeit bis zum Tode Josuas.- Vol. 2. Das Volk in Kanaan; Geschichte der Zeit bis zum babylonischen Exil
Topic: Jews
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by Troeltsch, Ernst, 1865-1923; Baron, Hans, 1900-
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"Bibliographie der von Troeltsch im Druck erschienenen Schriften": v. 4, p. [861]-872
Topics: Theology -- Collected works 20th century, Church and social problems -- History, History --...
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by Pfanmüller, Gustav
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Topic: Islam
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Topic: Baron Munchausen's narrative of his marvellous travels
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by Niese, Benedictus, 1849-1910
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Topics: Rome -- History, Rome -- History Sources Bibliography
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by Scheffler, Karl, 1869-1951
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Topics: Artists -- Germany, Art -- Germany History, genealogy
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Topics: Vishnu, Vishnu -- Poetry
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by Simmel, Georg, 1858-1918
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Topics: History -- Philosophy, Knowledge, Theory of
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by Tietze, Hans, 1880-1954
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Topic: Altdorfer, Albrecht, ca. 1480-1538
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by Troeltsch, Ernst, 1865-1923; Baron, Hans, 1900-
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"Bibliographie der von Troeltsch im Druck erschienenen Schriften": v. 4, p. [861]-872
Topics: Theology -- Collected works 20th century, Church and social problems -- History, History --...
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Topics: Land settlement -- Switzerland Graubünden, Graubünden (Switzerland) -- Economic conditions
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Topics: Fugger family, Sixteenth century, Manners and customs, Europe -- History 1517-1648
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Topics: Art, Architecture
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by Vollmann, Remigius
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Topics: Names, Geographical -- Bavaria, Names, German
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by Orléans, Charlotte-Elisabeth, duchesse d', 1652-1722
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Topics: France -- History Louis XIV, 1643-1715, France -- Court and courtiers
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by Vossler, Karl, 1872-1949
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Topic: Leopardi, Giacomo, 1798-1837
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Topics: Art -- Germany Beuron, Christian art and symbolism
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by Luxemburg, Rosa, 1871-1919
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Vol. 3. Gegen den Reformismus, eingeleitet und bearb. von Paul Frölich.- Vol. 4. Gewerkschaftskampf und Nassenstreik, eingeleitet und bearb. von Paul Frölich.- Vol. 6. Die Akkumulation des Kapitals
Topics: Economic, Socialism, Strikes and lockouts, Labor unions, Capital
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by Myers, Gustavus, 1872-1942
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Topics: Wealth -- United States, United States -- Economic conditions
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Topics: Michael, Johann, 1490 ca.-1577, Michael, Johann, 1490 ca.-1577, Illustration of books -- Germany
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Topic: Kronstadt, Russia -- History Revolt, 1921
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Topic: France -- Economic conditions
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Topics: Herder, Johann Gottfried, 1744-1803, Schiller, Friedrich, 1759-1805, Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim,...
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by Brandt, Bernhard, 1881-
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"Literarischer wegweiser": p. [120]-121
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Topics: Mouseion Akropoles, Relief (Sculpture), Sculpture, Greek
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by Hottenroth, Friedrich, 1840-
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Topics: Clothing and dress, Clothing and dress
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by Glück, Heinrich, 1889-1930
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Topic: Christian art and symbolism
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by Musil, Robert, 1880-1942
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Mit 6 originalradierungen von Alfred Zangerl
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by Curtius, Ernst Robert, 1886-1956
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Topics: French literature -- 20th century History and criticism, Authors, French
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by Bühler, Johannes, 1884-
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Topics: Franks, Germany -- History To 843
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Topic: Inscriptions, Hebrew
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by Stifter, Adalbert, 1805-1868
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by Dauthendey, Max, 1867-1918
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by Naumann, Hans, 1886-1951
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Topic: German language
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Topic: Runge, Philipp Otto, 1777-1810