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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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May 5, 2006 Smith, Isaac Gregory, 1826-1920
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Topics: Herbert, George, Kingsley, Charles, Newman, John Henry, 1801-1890, Church of England, Church and...
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May 9, 2006 Balleine, G. R. (George Reginald), 1873-1966
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Topics: Evangelicalism, genealogy
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May 9, 2006 Allen, William, 1532-1594; Pollen, J. H; Walpole, Henry, 1558-1595
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Topics: Campion, Edmund, Saint, 1540-1581, Catholic Church, Christian martyrs -- England, Christian saints...
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May 9, 2006 Rimbert, Saint, Archbishop of Hamburg and Bremen, ca. 830-888; Robinson, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1861-1925
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Topics: Ansgar, Saint, Archbishop of Hamburg and Bremen, ca. 801-865, genealogy
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May 9, 2006 Barth, Auguste
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Vol. 1
Topics: Religion -- History, India -- Religion, genealogy
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May 10, 2006 Montreal. East End Methodist Church
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Topic: genealogy
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May 11, 2006 Rimbert, Saint, Archbishop of Hamburg and Bremen, ca. 830-888; Robinson, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1861-1925
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Topics: Ansgar, Saint, Archbishop of Hamburg and Bremen, ca. 801-865, genealogy
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May 11, 2006 Missionary Conference on Behalf of the Mohammedan World (2nd : 1911 : Lucknow, India); Wherry, Elwood Morris, 1843-; Zwemer, Samuel Marinus, 1867-1952; Mylrea, C. G
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Topics: Islam, Missions, Foreign, genealogy
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Topics: Islam -- History, Islam -- England, genealogy
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Topics: Church history, genealogy
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May 12, 2006 Calverley, William Slater, 1847-1898; Collingwood, W. G. (William Gershom), 1854-1932
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Topics: Church of England. Diocese of Carlisle, Christian antiquities -- England Carlisle, Crosses --...
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May 12, 2006 Mackinlay, James Murray, d. 1916
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Topics: Church dedication, Scotland -- Antiquities, Scotland -- Church history, genealogy
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May 12, 2006 Mackinlay, James Murray, d. 1916
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Topics: Church dedication, Scotland -- Antiquities, Scotland -- Church history, genealogy
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Topics: Upanishads -- Criticism, Interpretation, etc, genealogy
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Topics: Church dedication -- England, Christian patron saints -- England, Christian art and symbolism --...
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May 23, 2006 Power, Eileen Edna, 1889-1940
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Topics: Convents -- England, Monastic and religious life of women -- History, genealogy
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May 24, 2006 Easterby, William
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Topics: Tithes -- History, England -- Ecclesiastical law History, genealogy
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May 24, 2006 Gordon, James Frederick Skinner, 1821-1904; Keith, Robert, 1681-1757; Reeves, William, 1815-1892; Goodall, Walter, 1706?-1766
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Topics: Episcopal Church in Scotland, Bishops -- Scotland, St. Andrews (Scotland : Archdiocese), Scotland...
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May 24, 2006 Catholic Record Society (Great Britain)
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Topics: Catholic Church, Catholics -- England History, genealogy
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May 24, 2006 Catholic Record Society (Great Britain)
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Topics: Catholic Church, Catholics -- England History, genealogy
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May 24, 2006 Abbey of Kinloss; Society of Antiquaries of Scotland; Stuart, John, 1813-1877
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Topics: Abbey of Kinloss, Cisterciana, Scotland -- Church history To 1500 Sources, genealogy
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May 24, 2006 Forget, J.-U. (Jean-Urgel), b. 1862; Auclair, Elie-J. (Elie-Joseph), 1866-1946
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Topics: Ontario -- History, Saint-Jacques d'Embrun (Ont. : Parish), Ontario -- Biography, Embrun (Ont.) --...
Topics: Ecclesiastical law -- Great Britain, Canon law -- History, genealogy
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May 25, 2006 Selbie, W. B. (William Boothby), 1862-1944
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Topics: Sects -- England, genealogy
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May 25, 2006 Klein, Arthur Jay, 1884-
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Topics: Church and state -- Great Britain, Religious liberty -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- History...
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May 25, 2006 Jenkins, John
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Topics: Church and state -- Great Britain, Religious liberty -- England, Public worship -- History,...
Topics: Great Britain -- Church history Sources, Great Britain -- History To 1485 Sources, genealogy
Topics: Great Britain -- Church history Sources, Great Britain -- History To 1485 Sources, genealogy
Topics: Great Britain -- Church history Sources, Great Britain -- History To 1485 Sources, genealogy
Topics: Great Britain -- Church history Sources, Great Britain -- History To 1485 Sources, genealogy
Topics: Robe, James, 1688-1753, Revivals -- Scotland Cambuslang, Cambuslang (Scotland) -- Church history,...
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May 25, 2006 Catholic Record Society (Great Britain)
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Vol. 10
Topics: Catholic Church, Catholics -- England History, genealogy
Topics: England -- Ecclesiastical history, genealogy
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Topics: Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Revivals -- Ireland, genealogy
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May 25, 2006 Mildmay Conference (39th : 1894 : London, England)
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Topics: Jesus Christ, Christian family -- Congresses, Family -- Religious life Congresses, Christian life...
Topic: genealogy
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May 26, 2006 Catholic Record Society (Great Britain)
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Topics: Catholic Church, Catholics -- England History, genealogy
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May 28, 2006 Catholic Record Society (Great Britain)
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Vol. 2
Topics: Catholic Church, Catholics -- England History, genealogy
vol. 43
Topics: Reformation -- England, Great Britain -- Church history, genealogy
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May 29, 2006 Church of England; Frere, Walter Howard, 1863-1938; Kennedy, W. P. M. (William Paul McClure), 1879-1963
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Topics: Church of England, Visitations, Ecclesiastical -- England History Sources, Reformation -- England...
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May 31, 2006 Hartzler, Jonas Smucker, 1857-; Mennonite Church. General Conference
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Topics: Mennonites in Canada, Mennonites in the U.S, World War, 1914-1918 -- Mennonites
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May 31, 2006 Dixon, Richard Watson, 1833-1900; Gee, Henry, 1858-1938
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Topics: Church of England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century, genealogy
Topics: Collegiate and Parish Church of All Saints (Maidstone, Kent), Church buildings -- England Maidstone...
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May 31, 2006 Dixon, Richard Watson, 1833-1900; Gee, Henry, 1858-1938
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Topics: Church of England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century, genealogy
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May 31, 2006 Southey, Robert, 1774-1843
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Topics: Church of England, Great Britain -- Church history, genealogy
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May 31, 2006 Lee, Frederick George, 1832-1902
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Topics: Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603, Church of England, Great Britain -- Church history,...
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May 31, 2006 Lee, Frederick George, 1832-1902
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Topics: Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603, Church of England, Great Britain -- Church history,...
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May 31, 2006 Simpson, William Sparrow, 1828-1897
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Topics: St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England), genealogy
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May 31, 2006 Dearmer, Percy, 1867-1936
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Topics: Church of England, genealogy
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Jun 1, 2006 Drysdale, Alexander Hutton
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Topics: Presbyterian Church in England -- History, Great Britain -- Church history, genealogy
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Jun 1, 2006 Scot, William, 1558-1642; Wodrow Society; Forbes, John, 1568?-1634
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Topics: Church of Scotland, Scotland -- Church history Sources, genealogy
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Jun 1, 2006 Dixon, Richard Watson, 1833-1900; Gee, Henry, 1858-1938
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vol. 6
Topics: Church of England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century, genealogy
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Jun 2, 2006 Dixon, Richard Watson, 1833-1900; Gee, Henry, 1858-1938
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vol. 5
Topics: Church of England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century, genealogy
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Topics: Judaism, genealogy
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Jun 5, 2006 Smith, John, Minister of Campbeltown
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Topics: Columba, Saint, 521-597, Scotland -- Church history, genealogy
Topics: Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation (London, England), Jews -- England London, genealogy
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Jun 8, 2006 Ranke, Leopold von, 1795-1886
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Topics: Reformation -- Germany, genealogy
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Jun 8, 2006 Ranke, Leopold von, 1795-1886
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Topics: Reformation -- Germany, genealogy
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Jun 9, 2006 Buckfast Abbey (Buckfastleigh, England). Cartulary; Catholic Church. Diocese of Exeter. Bishop (1327-1369 : Grandisson); Hingeston, F. C. (Francis Charles), 1833-1910
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Topics: Grandisson family, Catholic Church, Visitations, Ecclesiastical -- England, England -- Church...
Topics: Reformation -- England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century, genealogy
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Topics: Colet, John, 1467?-1519, Erasmus, Desiderius, d. 1536, More, Thomas, Sir, Saint, 1478-1535,...
Topics: Reformation -- England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century, genealogy
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Topics: Reformation -- England, England -- Church history, genealogy
Topics: Christian saints -- Wales, Wales -- Church history, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- Church history Sources, Great Britain -- History To 1485 Sources, genealogy
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Jun 12, 2006 Buckfast Abbey (Buckfastleigh, England). Cartulary; Catholic Church. Diocese of Exeter. Bishop (1327-1369 : Grandisson); Hingeston, F. C. (Francis Charles), 1833-1910
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Topics: Grandisson family, Catholic Church, Visitations, Ecclesiastical -- England, England -- Church...
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Jun 12, 2006 Melville, James, 1556-1614
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Topics: Church of Scotland, Scotland -- History 16th century, genealogy
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Jun 12, 2006 Mozley, Thomas, 1806-1893
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vol. 2
Topic: genealogy
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Jun 12, 2006 Hagenbach, K. R. (Karl Rudolph), 1801-1874; Hurst, J. F. (John Fletcher), 1834-1903; Nadal, B. H. (Bernard Harrison), 1812-1870
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Topics: Church history -- 18th century, Church history -- 19th century, Philosophy and religion, Germany --...
Topics: Cobbett, William, 1763-1835, Reformation -- England, Dissenters, Religious -- Legal status, laws,...
Topics: Puritans, Great Britain -- Church history, New England -- History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775,...
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Jun 13, 2006 Dale, Robert William, 1829-1895
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Topics: Congregational churches in England, genealogy
Topics: Puritans, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century, genealogy
Topics: Puritans, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century, genealogy
vol. 1
Topics: Puritans, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century, genealogy