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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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Topics: Berwick-upon-Tweed (England), Durham (England : County) -- History, Newcastle upon Tyne (England),...
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by Society of Genealogists; Sherwood, George F. T. (George Frederick Tudor), b. 1867
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Topics: Genealogy -- Periodicals, genealogy
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by Society of Genealogists; Sherwood, George F. T. (George Frederick Tudor), b. 1867
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Topics: Genealogy -- Periodicals, genealogy
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by Phillimore, William Phillimore Watts, 1853-1913; Ruston-Harrison, C. W
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Cumberland, genealogy
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Topics: Gloucestershire (England) -- History Periodicals, Gloucestershire (England) -- Antiquities...
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by Harvey, William, d. 1567; British Museum. MSS (Harleian 1103); Cook, Robert, d. 1593; Raven, J. E. (John Earle); Metcalfe, Walter Charles
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Topics: Heraldry -- England Suffolk, Visitations, Heraldic -- England Suffolk, Suffolk (England) --...
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by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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by Battle Abbey; Cleveland, Catherine Lucy Wilhelmina Powlett, Duchess of, 1819-1901
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Topics: Names, Personal -- Norman, Great Britain -- Genealogy
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by Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topic: Great Britain -- Genealogy Bibliography
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by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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v. 1. Natural history.- Early man.- Domesday Survey.--v. 2. Religious houses.- Social and economic history.--v. 3. Roman Essex, with index to vols. 1-3.--v. 4. Ongar Hundred.-- v. 5. Waltham Hundred and Becontree Hundred.--v. 6. Becontree Hundred.--v. 7. The Liberty of Havering-atte-Bower.- Chafford Hundred.--v. 8. Chafford Hundred.- Harlow Hundred.--v. 9. The Borough of Colchester.--v. 10. Lexden Hundred (part)
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Topics: Leeds (England) -- History, Leeds (England) -- Genealogy, Yorkshire (England) -- History
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by Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
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by Doubleday, Herbert Arthur, 1867-1941
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Topics: Southampton (England) -- History, genealogy
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Topics: England -- Ecclesiastical history, genealogy
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Topics: Somerset (England) -- History, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Topics: England -- Ecclesiastical history, genealogy
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Topics: Gloucestershire (England) -- History Periodicals, Gloucestershire (England) -- Antiquities...
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by Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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by Burke, John, 1787-1848; Burke, Bernard, Sir, 1814-1892
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Vols. 1-4 edited by John Burke; vols. 5-6 by J.B. Burke
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by Crisp, Frederick Arthur, 1851-1922
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Great Britain Bibliography, Privately printed books -- Bibliography,...
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by Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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by Barfield, Samuel, 1829-1899; Parker, James, 1834-
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Topics: Thatcham, Eng. (Parish), Great Britain -- Genealogy
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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v. 1. Natural history.- Early man.- Domesday Survey.--v. 2. Religious houses.- Social and economic history.--v. 3. Roman Essex, with index to vols. 1-3.--v. 4. Ongar Hundred.-- v. 5. Waltham Hundred and Becontree Hundred.--v. 6. Becontree Hundred.--v. 7. The Liberty of Havering-atte-Bower.- Chafford Hundred.--v. 8. Chafford Hundred.- Harlow Hundred.--v. 9. The Borough of Colchester.--v. 10. Lexden Hundred (part)
Topics: Natural history -- England Essex (England), Essex (England) -- History, Essex (England) --...
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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by Round, John Horace, 1854-1928
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Topics: Nobility -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Genealogy
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by Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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by Burke, John, 1787-1848; Burke, Bernard, Sir, 1814-1892
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Vols. 1-4 edited by John Burke; vols. 5-6 by J.B. Burke
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by Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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by Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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by Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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by Doubleday, Herbert Arthur, 1867-1941
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v.1-2. Warwickshire. --v.3. Barlichway Hundred. --v.4. Hemlingford Hundred. --v.5. Kington Hundred. --v.6. Knightlow Hundred. --v.7. The city of Birmingham
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by Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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by Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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