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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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by Cox, J. Charles (John Charles), 1843-1919
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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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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 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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Topic: Great Britain -- Genealogy Bibliography
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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: Heraldry -- Great Britain, Nobility -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Genealogy
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by Doubleday, Herbert Arthur, 1867-1941
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Topics: Natural history -- England Hampshire, Isle of Wight (England), Hampshire (England) -- History,...
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Topics: Southampton (England) -- History, genealogy
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Includes Annual report and list of subscribers
Topics: Somerset (England) -- History, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Topics: Gloucestershire (England) -- History Periodicals, Gloucestershire (England) -- Antiquities...
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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 Barfield, Samuel, 1829-1899; Parker, James, 1834-
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Topics: Thatcham, Eng. (Parish), Great Britain -- Genealogy
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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 Round, John Horace, 1854-1928
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Topics: Nobility -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Genealogy
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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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by Burke, John, 1787-1848; Burke, Bernard, Sir, 1814-1892
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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 Burke, John, 1787-1848; Burke, Bernard, Sir, 1814-1892
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by Freeman, Edward Augustus, 1823-1892
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v. 1. The preliminary history to the election of Eadward the Confessor.--v. 2. The reign of Eadward the Confessor.--v. 3. The reign of Harold and the interregnum.--v. 4. The reign of William the Conqueror.--v. 5. The effects of the Norman conquest.--v. 6. Index volume
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Topics: Wills -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Kings and rulers, genealogy
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Topics: London (England) -- History To 1600, London (England) -- Social life and customs, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals, Great Britain -- History Periodicals, Great Britain --...
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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by Essex Institute; Peabody Essex Museum
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Vols. 9-10, 1869-70, called also ser. 2, v. 1-2
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I. The Willoughby d'Eresby case and the rise of the Berties. The barony of Delawarr. Peerage cases in the Court of chivalry. The muddle of the law. Tales of the conquest. The House of lords.--II. Some 'Saxon' houses. The great Carrington imposture. The geste of John de Courcy. Heraldry and the gent
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by Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912
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Topics: Scotland -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Archives -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Genealogy Bibliography, Great Britain -- History Sources
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Royalists, 1642-1660, Great Britain -- Genealogy
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Topics: Inverness (Scotland) -- Bibliography, Inverness-shire (Scotland) -- Bibliography, genealogy
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Topics: Nobility -- Great Britain, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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by London County Council; London Survey Committee; Joint Publishing Committee Representing the London County Council and the London Survey Committee
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Topics: Architecture -- England London, London (England) -- Description and travel Periodicals, London...
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by Innes, Arthur D. (Arthur Donald), 1863-1938
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by London County Council; London Survey Committee; Joint Publishing Committee Representing the London County Council and the London Survey Committee
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Topics: Architecture -- England London, London (England) -- Description and travel Periodicals, London...
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by Perry, John Tavenor, 1842-1915
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Topics: Middlesex (England) -- Antiquities, Middlesex (England) -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Scotland -- History To 1603, Scotland -- Church history, genealogy
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Topics: Norfolk (England) -- Antiquities Bibliography, Norwich (England) -- Antiquities Bibliography,...
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by Innes, Arthur D. (Arthur Donald), 1863-1938
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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