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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: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Topics: Somerset (England) -- History, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Topics: London (England) -- History To 1600, London (England) -- Social life and customs, genealogy
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Topics: Wills -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Kings and rulers, genealogy
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Topics: Palatines -- United States, Huguenots -- New York (State), Salzburgers -- Georgia, Names, Personal...
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Topics: Inverness (Scotland) -- Bibliography, Inverness-shire (Scotland) -- Bibliography, genealogy
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Topics: Finance, Public -- England, Money -- Great Britain History, Great Britain -- Economic conditions,...
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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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by Innes, Arthur D. (Arthur Donald), 1863-1938
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by Walpole, Spencer, Sir, 1839-1907
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Topics: Great Britain -- History 19th century, genealogy
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Topics: France -- History, 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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by Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912
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Topics: Scotland -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Scotland -- History To 1603, Scotland -- Church history, genealogy
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Topics: Scotland -- History To 1603, Scotland -- Church history, genealogy
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Topics: Southampton (England) -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Archives -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Genealogy Bibliography, Great Britain -- History Sources
v. 1. [without special title]. -- v. 2. From the accession of Henry V, to the death of Queen Elizabeth, 1413-1603. -- v. 3. From the accession of James I, to the expulsion of James II, 1603-1688. -- v. 4. From the accession of William and Mary to the reign of Queen Victoria, 1688-1837
Topic: genealogy
v. 1. [without special title]. -- v. 2. From the accession of Henry V, to the death of Queen Elizabeth, 1413-1603. -- v. 3. From the accession of James I, to the expulsion of James II, 1603-1688. -- v. 4. From the accession of William and Mary to the reign of Queen Victoria, 1688-1837
Topic: genealogy
v. 1. [without special title]. -- v. 2. From the accession of Henry V, to the death of Queen Elizabeth, 1413-1603. -- v. 3. From the accession of James I, to the expulsion of James II, 1603-1688. -- v. 4. From the accession of William and Mary to the reign of Queen Victoria, 1688-1837
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Topics: Wales -- History, 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 Law, Ernest Philip Alphonse, 1854-1930
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Topics: Hampton Court (Richmond upon Thames, London, England), genealogy
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Topics: Royalists, 1642-1660, Great Britain -- Genealogy
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Topics: Norfolk (England) -- Antiquities Bibliography, Norwich (England) -- Antiquities Bibliography,...
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Topics: Baronetage, Nobility -- Great Britain, Nova Scotia -- Baronetage
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Topics: Great Britain -- Genealogy Bibliography, Registers of births, etc. -- Bibliography, Privately...
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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
Some vols. called "Royal edition" (varies)
Topics: Heraldry -- Great Britain, Knights and knighthood -- Great Britain, Nobility -- Great Britain...
Some vols. called "Royal edition" (varies)
Topics: Heraldry -- Great Britain, Knights and knighthood -- Great Britain, Nobility -- Great Britain...
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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
Topics: Genealogy -- Massachusetts Essex County, Essex County (Mass.) -- History Periodicals, Massachusetts...
Suspended July-Dec. 1903, July 1905-Mar. 1913
Topics: Gloucestershire (England) -- History Periodicals, Gloucestershire (England) -- Antiquities...
Suspended July-Dec. 1903, July 1905-Mar. 1913
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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 Francis, Claude de La Roche
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Topics: London (England) -- History, London (England) -- Social life and customs, genealogy
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by Francis, Claude de La Roche
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by Jesse, John Heneage, 1815-1874
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by Greenwood, William de Redman, 1858-
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Topic: Nobility -- Great Britain
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Topics: Great Britain -- Court and courtiers, Great Britain -- History Stuarts, 1603-1714, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- Court and courtiers, Great Britain -- History Stuarts, 1603-1714, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- Court and courtiers, Great Britain -- History Stuarts, 1603-1714, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- Court and courtiers, Great Britain -- History Stuarts, 1603-1714, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- Court and courtiers, Great Britain -- History Stuarts, 1603-1714, genealogy
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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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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
Topics: Bertrand family, Nobility -- Great Britain, Inheritance and succession -- Great Britain,...
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Topics: Archives, England -- Genealogy
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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 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 London County Council; London Survey Committee; Joint Publishing Committee Representing the London County Council and the London Survey Committee
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by Walford, Edward, 1823-1897
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Topics: Nobility -- Great Britain, Nobility -- Great Britain
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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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Topics: Thatcham, Eng. (Parish), Great Britain -- Genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals, Great Britain -- History Periodicals, Great Britain --...
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