Skip to main content

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.


Materials for this collection provided by: Robarts Library

PART OF
Canadian Libraries
More right-solid
More right-solid
SHOW DETAILS
up-solid down-solid
eye
Title
Date Published
Creator
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 15,120
favorite 5
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 9,732
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 7,112
favorite 7
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 7,104
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 5,061
favorite 5
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 3,879
favorite 3
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 3,513
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 3,481
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 3,431
favorite 4
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 3,242
favorite 1
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 3,140
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 3,113
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 3,027
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 2,979
favorite 0
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 2,955
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 2,780
favorite 1
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 2,643
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 2,498
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 2,422
favorite 1
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 2,372
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 2,303
favorite 0
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 2,222
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 2,213
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 2,179
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 2,138
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 2,102
favorite 3
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 2,006
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 1,985
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 1,981
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 1,979
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 1,893
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 1,882
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 1,772
favorite 0
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 1,744
favorite 1
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 1,725
favorite 0
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 1,700
favorite 0
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 1,633
favorite 0
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 1,627
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 1,616
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 1,578
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 1,568
favorite 0
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 1,538
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 1,500
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 1,183
favorite 0
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 1,157
favorite 0
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 1,134
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 1,055
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 977
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 949
favorite 1
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
texts
eye 855
favorite 0
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...