Skip to main content

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.


Materials for this collection provided by: Robarts Library

PART OF
Canadian Libraries
More right-solid
More right-solid
More right-solid
SHOW DETAILS
up-solid down-solid
eye
Title
Date Archived
Creator
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
May 14, 2008 Hopwood, Charles Henry [ed.]
texts
eye 2,096
favorite 3
comment 0
Minutes of Parliament of the Middle Temple, tr. and ed. by Charles Trice Martin with an inquiry into the origin and early history of the Inn by John Hutchinson: Vol. I, 1501-1603; Vol. II, 1603-1649; V. III, 1650-1703; and Index
Topics: Middle Temple (London, England), genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
May 10, 2008 Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts; Portland, William John Arthur Charles James Cavendish-Bentinck, Duke of, 1857-1943; Nalson, John, 1638?-1686; Oxford, Robert Harley, 1st Earl of, 1661-1724
texts
eye 924
favorite 1
comment 0
8
Topics: Harley family, England -- History Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
May 1, 2008 Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts; Portland, William John Arthur Charles James Cavendish-Bentinck, Duke of, 1857-1943; Nalson, John, 1638?-1686; Oxford, Robert Harley, 1st Earl of, 1661-1724
texts
eye 747
favorite 1
comment 0
8
Topics: Harley family, England -- History Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
May 1, 2008 Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts; Portland, William John Arthur Charles James Cavendish-Bentinck, Duke of, 1857-1943; Nalson, John, 1638?-1686; Oxford, Robert Harley, 1st Earl of, 1661-1724
texts
eye 4,205
favorite 1
comment 0
8
Topics: Harley family, England -- History Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 31, 2008 Thoresby Society, Leeds
texts
eye 811
favorite 1
comment 0
26 45
Topics: Leeds (England) -- History, Leeds (England) -- Genealogy, Yorkshire (England) -- History, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 31, 2008 Thoresby Society, Leeds
texts
eye 2,950
favorite 3
comment 0
26 45
Topics: Leeds (England) -- History, Leeds (England) -- Genealogy, Yorkshire (England) -- History, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 31, 2008 Thoresby Society, Leeds
texts
eye 771
favorite 1
comment 0
26 45
Topics: Leeds (England) -- History, Leeds (England) -- Genealogy, Yorkshire (England) -- History, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 26, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 5,077
favorite 2
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 26, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 8,041
favorite 3
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 26, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 6,107
favorite 2
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 26, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 4,068
favorite 3
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 26, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 4,311
favorite 3
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 26, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 4,942
favorite 3
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 26, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 4,908
favorite 2
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 26, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 7,863
favorite 4
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 26, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 6,228
favorite 4
comment 2
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 25, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 2,822
favorite 3
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 25, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 4,333
favorite 2
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 25, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 3,612
favorite 2
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 25, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 2,374
favorite 2
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 25, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 10,904
favorite 2
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 25, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 3,667
favorite 2
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 25, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 4,403
favorite 2
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 25, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 5,385
favorite 3
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 25, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 6,716
favorite 2
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 25, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 4,852
favorite 3
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 25, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 4,628
favorite 2
comment 2
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 25, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 7,722
favorite 2
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 25, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 4,229
favorite 3
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 25, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 6,348
favorite 2
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 25, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 3,991
favorite 2
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 25, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 5,082
favorite 2
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 25, 2008 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
texts
eye 3,983
favorite 2
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 2,194
favorite 1
comment 0
26 45
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 6, 2008 Yorkshire Archaeological Society
texts
eye 6,076
favorite 1
comment 0
26 45
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Dec 11, 2007 Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
texts
eye 20,301
favorite 5
comment 0
26
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Dec 11, 2007 Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
texts
eye 12,738
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Dec 11, 2007 Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
texts
eye 27,152
favorite 3
comment 0
26
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Dec 11, 2007 Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
texts
eye 10,523
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 6,639
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topics: England -- Ecclesiastical history, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 7,131
favorite 4
comment 0
26
Topics: England -- Ecclesiastical history, genealogy
26
Topics: Great Britain -- Genealogy Bibliography, Registers of births, etc. -- Bibliography, Privately...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
May 2, 2007 Harleian Society
texts
eye 10,728
favorite 1
comment 0
Some vols. issued in combined form
Topic: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Apr 4, 2007 Hopwood, Charles Henry [ed.]
texts
eye 2,029
favorite 1
comment 0
Minutes of Parliament of the Middle Temple, tr. and ed. by Charles Trice Martin with an inquiry into the origin and early history of the Inn by John Hutchinson: Vol. I, 1501-1603; Vol. II, 1603-1649; V. III, 1650-1703; and Index
Topics: Middle Temple (London, England), genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Apr 4, 2007 Hopwood, Charles Henry [ed.]
texts
eye 3,012
favorite 1
comment 0
Minutes of Parliament of the Middle Temple, tr. and ed. by Charles Trice Martin with an inquiry into the origin and early history of the Inn by John Hutchinson: Vol. I, 1501-1603; Vol. II, 1603-1649; V. III, 1650-1703; and Index
Topics: Middle Temple (London, England), genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Apr 4, 2007 Phillimore, William Phillimore Watts, 1853-1913; Ruston-Harrison, C. W
texts
eye 20,824
favorite 6
comment 0
26
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Cumberland, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Apr 3, 2007 Harleian Society
texts
eye 2,004
favorite 2
comment 0
Some vols. issued in combined form
Topic: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Apr 3, 2007 Harleian Society
texts
eye 2,222
favorite 1
comment 0
Some vols. issued in combined form
Topic: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Apr 3, 2007 Harleian Society
texts
eye 3,001
favorite 2
comment 0
Some vols. issued in combined form
Topic: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Apr 3, 2007 Harleian Society
texts
eye 3,300
favorite 2
comment 0
Some vols. issued in combined form
Topic: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Apr 3, 2007 Harleian Society
texts
eye 5,172
favorite 3
comment 0
Some vols. issued in combined form
Topic: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Apr 3, 2007 Harleian Society
texts
eye 3,140
favorite 1
comment 0
Some vols. issued in combined form
Topic: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Apr 3, 2007 Harleian Society
texts
eye 3,258
favorite 2
comment 0
Some vols. issued in combined form
Topic: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Apr 3, 2007 Society of Genealogists; Sherwood, George F. T. (George Frederick Tudor), b. 1867
texts
eye 21,189
favorite 6
comment 0
26
Topics: Genealogy -- Periodicals, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Apr 3, 2007 Society of Genealogists; Sherwood, George F. T. (George Frederick Tudor), b. 1867
texts
eye 21,427
favorite 6
comment 0
26
Topics: Genealogy -- Periodicals, genealogy
26
Topics: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals, Great Britain -- History Periodicals, Great Britain --...
26
Topics: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals, Great Britain -- History Periodicals, Great Britain --...
26
Topics: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals, Great Britain -- History Periodicals, Great Britain --...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Feb 12, 2007 Hodges, George, 1856-1919
texts
eye 3,004
favorite 4
comment 1
26 27
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Fountains Abbey (West Riding of Yorkshire, England), genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 8,011
favorite 8
comment 1
Includes bibliographical references
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Ayrshire (Scotland), Ayrshire (Scotland) -- Genealogy, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 12,856
favorite 10
comment 1
Includes bibliographical references
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Ayrshire (Scotland), Ayrshire (Scotland) -- Genealogy, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 3,885
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: York Castle (York, England), York (England) -- History, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Jan 25, 2007 Yorkshire Archaeological Society
texts
eye 2,018
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Jan 25, 2007 Yorkshire Archaeological Society
texts
eye 2,862
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, genealogy
26
Topics: Berwick-upon-Tweed (England), Durham (England : County) -- History, Newcastle upon Tyne (England),...
26
Topics: Royalists, 1642-1660, Great Britain -- Genealogy
26
Topics: Great Britain -- History Civil War, 1642-1649, Bradford (West Yorkshire, England) -- History, Leeds...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Jan 8, 2007 Thoresby Society, Leeds
texts
eye 4,197
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topics: Leeds (England) -- History, Leeds (England) -- Genealogy, Yorkshire (England) -- History, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Jan 8, 2007 Thoresby Society, Leeds
texts
eye 9,800
favorite 3
comment 0
26
Topics: Leeds (England) -- History, Leeds (England) -- Genealogy, Yorkshire (England) -- History
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Jan 8, 2007 Thoresby Society, Leeds
texts
eye 4,221
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: Leeds (England) -- History, Leeds (England) -- Genealogy, Yorkshire (England) -- History, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 3,036
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Jan 8, 2007 Yorkshire Archaeological Society
texts
eye 2,925
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, genealogy
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, genealogy
26
Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Jan 5, 2007 Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
texts
eye 5,231
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy