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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: Leeds (England) -- History, Leeds (England) -- Genealogy, Yorkshire (England) -- History
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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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Topics: Wiltshire, Eng. -- History, Wiltshire, Eng. -- Genealogy
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Topics: Suffolk (England), Suffolk (England) -- Genealogy
Topics: Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation (London, England), Jews -- England London, genealogy
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Topics: Middlesex (England), genealogy
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Topics: Episcopal Church, Virginia -- Church history, Virginia -- Genealogy, Virginia -- History Colonial...
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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Topics: Heraldry -- Yorkshire, Eng, Brighouse (England) -- History, Rastrick, Eng. -- History, Hipperholme,...
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by Caswell, Lilley Brewer, 1848-; Cross, Fred Wilder, 1868-
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Topics: Royalston, Mass. -- History, Royalston, Mass. -- Genealogy
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Topics: Swedish language, genealogy
Suspended July-Dec. 1903, July 1905-Mar. 1913
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Topics: Great Britain -- Biography, England -- Description and travel, genealogy
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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by Elgin (Scotland); Cramond, William, 1844-; Ree, Stephen, 1852-
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Topics: Elgin (Scotland) -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Privateering, Slave trade, Liverpool (England) -- History, genealogy
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by Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
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Répertoire international de la littérature de l'art
Topics: Ireland -- Antiquities Periodicals, Ireland -- History Periodicals, Ireland -- Genealogy Periodicals
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Staffordshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Staffordshire (England) -- Genealogy
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Topics: Staffordshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Staffordshire (England) -- Genealogy
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by Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts
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Vol. 1, Pt. 1, The Welsh manuscripts of Lord Mostyn, at Mostyn Hall, Co. Flint. Pt. 2 [and] 3, The Welsh manuscripts at Peniarth, Towyn, Merioneth; the property of William Robert Maurice Wynne.- Vol. 2, Pt. 1, Jesus College, Oxford: Free Library, Cardiff; Havod; Wrexham; Llanwrin; Merthyr; Aberdâr. Pt. 2, Plas Llan Stephan; Free Library, Cardiff. Pt. 3, Panton; Cwrtmawr. Pt. 4, The British Museum
Topics: Manuscripts, Welsh, Wales -- History Sources, genealogy
Includes index
Topics: Heraldry -- Great Britain, Nobility -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Genealogy
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Topics: Breconshire (Wales) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
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Topics: Ireland -- Antiquities Periodicals, Ireland -- History Periodicals, Ireland -- Genealogy Periodicals
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Topics: Natural history -- England Surrey, Surrey (England) -- History, Surrey (England) -- Antiquities,...
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by Worth, Richard Nicholls, 1837-1896
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Topics: Devon (England) -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Nobility -- France, France -- Genealogy, France -- Biography
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Topics: Camberwell (London, England), 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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Topics: Southampton (England) -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Portuguese language, genealogy
Vol. 1. 1689-1702.- Vol. 2. 1703-1720
Topics: Jacobites, England -- History 1603-1714 Stuart, 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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by Clay, Rotha Mary
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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by Wheatley, Henry Benjamin, 1838-1917; Cunningham, Peter, 1816-1869
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Topics: London (England) -- Gazetteers, London (England) -- History, London (England) -- Antiquities,...
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by Saint-Allais, Nicolas Viton de, 1773-1842; La Chabeaussière, Ange Jacques Marie Poisson de, 1755-1823?
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Topics: Nobility -- France, France -- Genealogy, France -- Biography
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Vom echten Ringe, von Gustav Gröber; Tausend portugiesische Sprichwörter, von Carolina Michaëlis de Vasconcellos; Französische Interjektionen, von K. Sachs; Dante und Adolf Pichler, von A. Brandl; Neuere spanische Lyriker, von George Carel; Baudissin als übersetzer Shaksperes, von Hermann Conrad; Romanische Einflüsse in Gottfried Kellers Dichtung, von Max Cornicelius; Zum Wortschatz der Pariser Lumpensammler, von Otto Driesen; Physiologus-Fabeleien über das Brüten des Vogels Strauss,...
Topics: Tobler, Adolf, 1835-1910, Romance languages, Romance literature -- History and criticism, genealogy
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vol. 1. Text.- vol. 2. Classified summary and indexes.- vol. 3. Historical and expository
Topics: Dissenters, England -- Ecclesiastical history, genealogy
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Topics: England -- Ecclesiastical history, genealogy
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by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Topics: Nobility -- France, France -- Genealogy, France -- Biography
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1. bd. 12. jahrhundert bis 1449. 1923.- 2. bd. 1450-1500. 1917.- 3. bd. Besondere quellengruppen des späteren mittelalters. 1923.- 4. bd. Besonderer quellengruppen des späteren mittelalters. Register. 1934
Topics: Cologne (Germany) -- Commerce History, genealogy
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by Thomas of Monmouth; Jessopp, Augustus, 1823-1914; James, M. R. (Montague Rhodes), 1862-1936
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Topics: William, of Norwich, Saint, 1132 or 33-1144, Christianity, Christian saints -- England Norwich,...
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by Saint-Allais, Nicolas Viton de, 1773-1842; La Chabeaussière, Ange Jacques Marie Poisson de, 1755-1823?
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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by University of London. Institute of Historical Research; Page, William, 1861-1934
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Topics: Natural history -- England Middlesex, Middlesex (England) -- History, Middlesex (England) --...
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Topics: Devon (England) -- History Periodicals, Devon (England) -- Genealogy Periodicals, Cornwall (England...