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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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Jan 12, 2007 Clifford, William Kingdon, 1845-1879; Pearson, Karl, 1857-1936; Rowe, Richard Charles, 1853-1884
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Topic: Mathematics -- Philosophy
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Jan 27, 2007 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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Topics: Puritans, Political ballads and songs, English, Great Britain -- History Puritan Revolution,...
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Feb 21, 2007 Sandow, Eugen, 1867-1925; Adam, G. Mercer (Graeme Mercer), 1839-1912
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Topics: Physical education and training, Gymnastics
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Feb 22, 2007 Gardiner, Samuel Rawson, 1829-1902; Gerard, John, 1840-1912 What was the gunpowder plot?
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Topic: Gunpowder plot, 1605
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Feb 22, 2007 Sidney, Philip, 1872-1908
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Topic: Gunpowder plot, 1605
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Mar 4, 2007 Monier-Williams, Monier, Sir, 1819-1899; König, Eduard; Bock, Carl Wilhelm
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Topic: Sanskrit language -- Grammar
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Topics: Sanskrit literature -- Dictionaries, Mythology, Hindu -- Dictionaries
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Topic: Slang
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Mar 20, 2007 Yeldham, Walter, 1837-
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Topics: Poetry of places -- India, India -- Description and travel Poetry
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Apr 2, 2007 Lenin, Vladimir Ilich, 1870-1924
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Topics: Rossiiskaia sotsial-demokraticheskaia rabochaia partiia, Proletariat, Russia -- History Revolution...
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Topics: Cathedrals -- Wales, Cathedrals -- England, England -- Architecture, Wales -- Architecture
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Apr 12, 2007 Glenconner, Pamela, 1871-1928
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Topics: Tennant, Edward Wyndham, 1897-1916, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English
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Apr 15, 2007 Hofl, Juan José, fl. 1782; Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927
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Topics: Manuscripts, Maya -- Facsimiles, Maya language -- Texts, Mayas -- Antiquities, Mayas -- Religion...
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Topics: Ballads, Irish, Folk songs, Irish
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Apr 15, 2007 Gowan, Ogle Robert
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Topics: Orangemen, Ireland -- Politics and government 19th century
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Apr 18, 2007 Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862; Johnson, Clifton, 1865-1940
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Topics: Canoes and canoeing, Maine -- Description and travel, Piscataquis County (Me.) -- Description and...
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Apr 19, 2007 Historical Society of Pennsylvania
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Issues for 1877-Jan. 1935 called also no. 1-233
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Topic: Pennsylvania -- History Periodicals
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Apr 19, 2007 Colonial Society of Massachusetts; Colonial Society of Massachusetts. Transactions; Colonial Society of Massachusetts. Collections
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Topic: Massachusetts -- History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 Societies, etc
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Topic: Northeast boundary of the U.S
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Apr 19, 2007 Waterloo Historical Society (Ont.); Waterloo Historical Society (Ont.). Report
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Title varies: 1912-56, Report. Cf. Union list of serials
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Topic: Waterloo (Ont. : County) -- History Societies, etc
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Apr 20, 2007
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Vols. 1-[145] Nov. 1849-1923, called ser. [1]-13 (ser. 1-12 in 12 v. each, ser. 13 in 1 v.)
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Topic: Questions and answers -- Periodicals
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Topics: Pike, Zebulon Montgomery, 1779-1813, Explorers -- United States, West (U.S.) -- Description and...
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Apr 20, 2007 Ramsay, Allan, 1686-1758; Chalmers, George, 1742-1825; Woodhouselee, Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord, 1747-1813
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Apr 21, 2007 Boorde, Andrew, 1490?-1549; Upcott, William, 1779-1845
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Topics: Fulton, John F. (John Farquhar), 1899-1960, Cushing, Harvey, 1869-1939, Manners and customs -- 16th...
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Apr 21, 2007 Whitehead, Alfred North, 1861-1947
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Topics: Education, Science -- Philosophy
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Apr 23, 2007 Montalembert, Charles Forbes, comte de, 1810-1870; Hoyt, Francis Deming, 1843-
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Topic: Elizabeth, of Hungary, Saint, 1207-1231
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Topic: New England -- History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
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Apr 23, 2007 Twitchell, Ralph Emerson
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Topics: New Mexico -- History Bibliography, United States -- History Bibliography
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Apr 23, 2007 Twitchell, Ralph Emerson
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Topics: New Mexico -- History Bibliography, United States -- History Bibliography
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Topics: Catholic Church, Religious institutions -- Italy Rome, Rome (Italy) -- Description and travel
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Topics: Meek, Joseph Lafayette, 1810-1875, Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.), United States --...
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Apr 24, 2007 Young, Samuel Hall, 1847-1927
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Topics: Muir, John, 1838-1914, Alaska -- Description and travel
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Topics: Alaska -- Description and travel, British Columbia -- Description and travel, Kamchatka Peninsula...
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Topics: Northwest Coast of North America, Pacific States -- History
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Apr 24, 2007 Cole, George E
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Topic: Oregon -- History To 1859
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Apr 24, 2007 Stetson, James Burgess, 1832-1912
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Topics: San Francisco (Calif.), San Francisco (Calif.) -- Earthquake and fire, 1906
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Topics: Stevens, Isaac I, United States -- History 1783-1865, Washington (State) -- History, Puget Sound...
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Apr 24, 2007 Euripides; Nauck, August, 1822-1892
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v. I. The neolithic and early and middle Minoan ages. -- v. II. pt. I. Fresh lights on origins and external relations: the restoration in town and palace after seismic catastrophe towards close of M.M. III, and the beginnings of the new era. pt. II. Town-houses in Knossos of the new era and restored west palace section, with its state approach. -- v. III. The great transitional age in the northern and eastern sections of the palace: the most brilliant records of Minoan art and the evidences of...
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Topics: Crete (Greece) -- Antiquities, Greece -- Civilization
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Topics: Pike, Zebulon Montgomery, 1779-1813, Explorers -- United States, West (U.S.) -- Description and...
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Bibliography: p. 345-357
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Topics: Mayflower (Ship), Pilgrims (New Plymouth Colony), Massachusetts -- History New Plymouth, 1620-1691
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Topics: Brewster, William, 1566 or 7-1644, Pilgrims (New Plymouth Colony), Massachusetts -- History...
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Topics: Pilgrims (New Plymouth Colony), Massachusetts -- History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 Fiction
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Topics: Pilgrims (New Plymouth Colony), Massachusetts -- History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 Fiction
Includes bibliographical references
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Topics: Pilgrims (New Plymouth Colony) -- History, Massachusetts -- History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
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Apr 25, 2007 Washburn, Emory, 1800-1877
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Topics: Courts -- Massachusetts, Lawyers -- Massachusetts, Judges -- Massachusetts, Law -- Massachusetts...
Includes index
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Topics: Indians of North America -- Wars, Indian captivities, New England -- History Colonial period, ca....
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Apr 26, 2007 Sellery, George C. (George Clarke), 1872-
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Topics: Middle Ages -- History Outlines, syllabi, etc, Reformation
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Apr 26, 2007 Saxo, Grammaticus, d. ca. 1204; Holder, Alfred, 1840-1916
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"Quellen und hilfsmittel. Erläuterungsschriften": p. [xxvi]-lx
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Topics: Folklore -- Scandinavia, Denmark -- History
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Topics: English ballads and songs, English poetry -- Early modern, 1500-1700, Minstrels
v. 1. Prolegomena.--v. 2. Sermons.--v. 3. Excerpts and fragments
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Apr 26, 2007 Kennedy, W. P. M. (William Paul McClure), 1879-1963; Canada. British North America Act
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Topics: Constitutional law -- Canada, Constitutional history -- Canada, Canada -- Politics and government
Includes bibliographical references
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Topics: Gaelic poetry, Poets, Gaelic
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Apr 26, 2007 Scartazzini, Giovanni Andrea, 1837-1901; Davidson, Thomas, 1840-1900
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Topic: Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321
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Apr 26, 2007 Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863; Grimm, Wilhelm, 1786-1859
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Topic: Fairy tales
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Topics: Pilgrim fathers, Massachusetts -- History, New England -- History
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Topic: Massachusetts -- History Sources
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Apr 28, 2007 Kautsky, Karl, 1854-1938
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Topics: Revolutions, Communism -- Russia, Paris (France) -- History Commune, 1871
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May 7, 2007 Zwingli, Ulrich, 1484-1531; Jackson, Samuel Macauley, 1851-1912
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Title varies: 1894-1907, Translations and reprints from the original sources of European history (varies slightly)
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Topics: Reformation, The, Reformed Church -- Doctrines, Theology
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Topics: Europe -- Description and travel, Europe -- Social life and customs
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May 15, 2007 [Oughton, Marie Abigail]
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Topics: Oughton, Thomas, 1825-1894, genealogy
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May 22, 2007 Rhoades, James, 1841-1923
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Topics: Yorkshire (England), genealogy
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Jun 11, 2007 Roger, Charles, 1819-1878
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Topic: Canada -- History
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Jun 16, 2007 Zeller, Eduard, 1814-1908
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Topics: Socrates, Philosophy, Ancient -- History
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Jun 19, 2007 Navy Records Society (Great Britain); Laughton, John Knox, 1830-1915
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Topics: Spain. Armada, Armada, 1588 -- Sources, Great Britain -- History, Naval Tudors, 1485-1603 Sources,...
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Jun 21, 2007 Carter, J. Smyth, b. 1877
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Topics: Dundas (Ont. : County) -- History, Dundas (Ont. : County) -- Biography
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Jun 23, 2007 Bax, Ernest Belfort, 1854-1926
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Topic: Peasants' War, 1524-1525
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Jun 29, 2007 Jeremias, Alfred, 1864-1935; Johns, C. H. W. (Claude Hermann Walter), 1857-1920; Beaumont, C. L., Mrs
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Topic: Bible
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Topic: Canada -- Emigration and immigration