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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: United States -- Genealogy, England -- Emigration and immigration, United States -- Biography,...
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Topics: Palatines -- United States, Huguenots -- New York (State), Salzburgers -- Georgia, Names, Personal...
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by Sun-tzu, 6th cent. B.C; Giles, Lionel, 1875-1958
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Topic: Military art and science -- Early works to 1800
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Topic: Composition (Art)
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by Meyer, Franz Sales, 1849-
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Topics: Decoration and ornament, Art objects
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by Welton, James, 1854-1942
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Topics: Art -- Study and teaching, English -- Study and teaching, Geography -- Study and teaching,...
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Topics: Quinte, Bay of (Ont.), Ontario -- Genealogy, Canada -- Genealogy
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by Cox, J. Charles (John Charles), 1843-1919
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Great Britain, Privately printed books -- Bibliography, Registers of...
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Topics: Art, Japanese, Legends -- Japan
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
Some vols. called "Royal edition" (varies)
Topics: Heraldry -- Great Britain, Knights and knighthood -- Great Britain, Nobility -- Great Britain...
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Topics: Lundy family, Lundy, Benjamin, 1789-1839, United States -- Genealogy, Ontario -- Genealogy
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Topics: Berwick-upon-Tweed (England), Durham (England : County) -- History, Newcastle upon Tyne (England),...
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Topics: Jarvis family, United States -- Biography, United States -- Genealogy, Canada -- Genealogy, Canada...
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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
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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Topics: Somerset (England) -- History Bibliography, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, 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: Spain -- Genealogy Periodicals, Genealogy -- Periodicals, genealogy
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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by Vanderpoel, John Henry, 1857-1911
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Topic: Human figure in art
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History Lancaster and York, 1399-1485, Great Britain -- History Henry VIII,...
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Topics: Staffordshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Staffordshire (England) -- Genealogy
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Topics: Dost Muhammad, Amir of Afghanistan, 1793-1863, Eastern question (Central Asia), Afghanistan --...
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Topics: Ethnology -- Sudan, Arabs -- Sudan, Manuscripts -- Sudan, Sudan -- History Sources, Sudan --...
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by Convention internationale d'héraldique; Bernau, Charles A. (Charles Allan)
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Topics: Genealogy -- Directories, Heraldry -- Congresses
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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: Folklore -- Channel Islands Guernsey, genealogy
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by Smith, James, 1855-
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Topics: Smith family, Chalmers family, Scotland -- Genealogy
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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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Topics: Wiltshire, Eng. -- History, Wiltshire, Eng. -- Genealogy
Suspended July-Dec. 1903, July 1905-Mar. 1913
Topics: Gloucestershire (England) -- History Periodicals, Gloucestershire (England) -- Antiquities...
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Bibliographical introduction: p. [7]-38
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Topics: Bible, genealogy
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by Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947
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Topics: Art -- India, India -- Civilization
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by Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910; Maude, Aylmer, 1858-1938
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A survey of Tolstoy's Essays on art (1924)- Schoolboys and art (1861)- The Last Supper (1885)- On truth in art (1887)- "What is truth?" (1890)- Introduction to Amiel's Journal (1893)- Introduction to S.T. Semenov's peasant stories (1894)- Introduction to the works of Guy de Maupassant (1894)- From a letter to Peter Verigin, the Doukhobor leader (1895)- On art (c.1895-7)- An introduction to "What is art?" (1899)- Tolstoy's Preface to "What is art?" (1898)- What is...
Topic: Art
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by Thoroton Society; Kingsbridge History Society
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Vols. for issued in collaboration with: Kingsbridge History Society, Devon
Topics: Nottinghamshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, genealogy
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Topic: Albany County (N.Y.) -- Genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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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by Michaud, Adolphe, 1857-; Tétu, Alphonse, 1858-; Proulx, Armand
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Topic: Rivière Ouelle, Que. -- Genealogy
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Topics: Manningham, Eng. (Yorkshire) -- History, Heaton, Eng. (Yorkshire) -- History, Allerton, Eng....
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Topic: 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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Topic: Art -- Periodicals
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by Burke, Bernard, Sir, 1814-1892; Burke, Ashworth P. (Ashworth Peter), 1864-1919
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Topics: Great Britain -- Colonies Genealogy, Great Britain -- Colonies Heraldry, Great Britain -- Colonies...
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Topics: Art, Art -- Great Britain
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Topics: Redemptioners, Germans -- Pennsylvania History, Pennsylvania Dutch -- History, Pennsylvania Dutch...
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Topics: Annapolis (N.S. : County) -- History, Nova Scotia -- History To 1763, Annapolis (N.S. : County) --...
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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: Spain -- Genealogy Periodicals, Genealogy -- Periodicals, genealogy
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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Topics: Wiltshire, Eng. -- History, Wiltshire, Eng. -- Genealogy
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Topics: Art, Art -- Great Britain
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Topics: Wales -- Genealogy, Wales -- History
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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by Engel, Andrei Mikhailovich
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Pt. 1. English - French - Russian
Topic: Naval art and science
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by 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.) --...
Includes bibliographical references
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Topics: Ayrshire (Scotland), Ayrshire (Scotland) -- Genealogy, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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Topics: Wales -- Genealogy, Wales -- Antiquities, Wales -- History Sources, genealogy
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by British Museum. Dept. of Prints and Drawings; Stephens, Frederic George, 1828-1907; George, M. Dorothy (Mary Dorothy)
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Topics: Engraving -- England London Catalogs, Drawing -- England London Catalogs, Caricatures and cartoons...
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by Angela, of Foligno, 1248?-1309; Steegmann, Mary G; Thorold, Algar Labouchere, 1866-1936
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Topic: Mysticism -- Catholic Church
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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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by U.S. Library of Congress; U.S. Library of Congress. Catalog Division; Gilkey, Malina Anvers, comp. [and] ed
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Topics: United States -- Genealogy Bibliography, England -- Genealogy Bibliography
Publication suspended Oct. 1870?-Dec. 9, 1871, July 26, 1914-June 14, 1916, inclusive
Topics: Art -- Periodicals, Art -- France
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Topics: Christie, Manson & Woods, Art -- Prices
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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: Portraits, Art
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topics: Preston (Lancashire, England) -- History, Preston (Lancashire, England) -- Genealogy
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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 Vasari, Giorgio, 1511-1574
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v. 1. Cimabue to Agnolo Gaddi.- v. 2. Berna to Michelozzo Michelozzi.- v. 3. Filarete and Simone to Mantegna.- v. 4. Filippino Lippi to Domenico Puligo
Topics: Artists, Italian, Art -- Italy History
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by Hammond, J. L. (John Lawrence), 1872-1949; Hammond, Barbara Bradby, 1873-1961
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Topics: Agricultural laborers -- Great Britain, Labor and laboring classes -- Great Britain History,...