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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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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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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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Series 1. The mythical and romantic elements in early English history. The continuity of English history. Relations between the crowns of England and Scotland. Saint Thomas of Canterbury and his biographers. The reign of Edward the Third. The Holy Roman Empire. The Franks and the Gauls. The early sieges of Paris. Frederick the First, King of Italy. The Emperor Frederick the Second. Charles the Bold Presidential government.- Series 2. Ancient Greece and mediaeval Italy. Mr. Gladstone's Homer and...
Topics: Thomas, à Becket, Saint, 1118?-1170, Charles, Duke of Burgundy, 1433-1477, Frederick I, Holy Roman...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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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
Topics: Great Britain -- History Norman period, 1066-1154, Great Britain -- History Anglo Saxon period,...
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by Freeman, Edward Augustus, 1823-1892
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Series 1. The mythical and romantic elements in early English history. The continuity of English history. Relations between the crowns of England and Scotland. Saint Thomas of Canterbury and his biographers. The reign of Edward the Third. The Holy Roman Empire. The Franks and the Gauls. The early sieges of Paris. Frederick the First, King of Italy. The Emperor Frederick the Second. Charles the Bold Presidential government.- Series 2. Ancient Greece and mediaeval Italy. Mr. Gladstone's Homer and...
Topics: Thomas, à Becket, Saint, 1118?-1170, Charles, Duke of Burgundy, 1433-1477, Frederick I, Holy Roman...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Freeman, Edward Augustus, 1823-1892
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Series 1. The mythical and romantic elements in early English history. The continuity of English history. Relations between the crowns of England and Scotland. Saint Thomas of Canterbury and his biographers. The reign of Edward the Third. The Holy Roman Empire. The Franks and the Gauls. The early sieges of Paris. Frederick the First, King of Italy. The Emperor Frederick the Second. Charles the Bold Presidential government.- Series 2. Ancient Greece and mediaeval Italy. Mr. Gladstone's Homer and...
Topics: Thomas, à Becket, Saint, 1118?-1170, Charles, Duke of Burgundy, 1433-1477, Frederick I, Holy Roman...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Freeman, Edward Augustus, 1823-1892
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Series 1. The mythical and romantic elements in early English history. The continuity of English history. Relations between the crowns of England and Scotland. Saint Thomas of Canterbury and his biographers. The reign of Edward the Third. The Holy Roman Empire. The Franks and the Gauls. The early sieges of Paris. Frederick the First, King of Italy. The Emperor Frederick the Second. Charles the Bold Presidential government.- Series 2. Ancient Greece and mediaeval Italy. Mr. Gladstone's Homer and...
Topics: Thomas, à Becket, Saint, 1118?-1170, Charles, Duke of Burgundy, 1433-1477, Frederick I, Holy Roman...