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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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Aug 9, 2010 Walpole, Spencer, Sir, 1839-1907
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Aug 3, 2010 Walpole, Spencer, Sir, 1839-1907
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May 18, 2010 Walpole, Spencer, Sir, 1839-1907
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Nov 9, 2009 Guizot, M. (François), 1787-1874
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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
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Nov 9, 2009 Guizot, M. (François), 1787-1874
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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
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Nov 9, 2009 Guizot, M. (François), 1787-1874
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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
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Nov 3, 2008 Rye, Walter, 1843-1929
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Topics: Norfolk (England) -- Antiquities Bibliography, Norwich (England) -- Antiquities Bibliography,...
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Mar 31, 2008 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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Mar 28, 2008 Doubleday, Herbert Arthur, 1867-1941; Powell, W. Raymond
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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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Mar 28, 2008 Walpole, Spencer, Sir, 1839-1907
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Topics: Great Britain -- History 19th century, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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Dec 29, 2007 Perry, John Tavenor, 1842-1915
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Topics: Middlesex (England) -- Antiquities, Middlesex (England) -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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Dec 28, 2007 Rye, Walter, 1843-1929
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Topics: Archives, England -- Genealogy
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Topics: France -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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Dec 11, 2007 Round, John Horace, 1854-1928
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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: Nobility -- Great Britain, genealogy
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Dec 11, 2007 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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Sep 14, 2007 Cox, J. Charles (John Charles), 1843-1919
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Great Britain, Privately printed books -- Bibliography, Registers of...
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Topics: Great Britain -- Genealogy Bibliography, Registers of births, etc. -- Bibliography, Privately...
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Sep 14, 2007 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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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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Topics: United States -- Genealogy, England -- Emigration and immigration, United States -- Biography,...
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May 28, 2007 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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Apr 26, 2007 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...
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Topics: Palatines -- United States, Huguenots -- New York (State), Salzburgers -- Georgia, Names, Personal...
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Apr 4, 2007 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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Apr 4, 2007 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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Apr 3, 2007 Harleian Society
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Topic: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals
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Apr 3, 2007 Harleian Society
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Apr 3, 2007 Harleian Society
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Topic: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals
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Apr 3, 2007 Round, John Horace, 1854-1928
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Includes bibliographical references
Topics: Nobility -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals, Great Britain -- History Periodicals, Great Britain --...
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Topics: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals, Great Britain -- History Periodicals, Great Britain --...
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Topics: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals, Great Britain -- History Periodicals, Great Britain --...
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Topics: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals, Great Britain -- History Periodicals, Great Britain --...
Includes index
Topics: Heraldry -- Great Britain, Nobility -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Genealogy
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Some vols. called "Royal edition" (varies)
Topics: Heraldry -- Great Britain, Knights and knighthood -- Great Britain, Nobility -- Great Britain...
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Topics: Heraldry -- Great Britain, Knights and knighthood -- Great Britain, Nobility -- Great Britain...
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Apr 3, 2007 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
Topics: Heraldry -- Great Britain Periodicals, Nobility -- Great Britain Periodicals, Great Britain --...
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Apr 3, 2007 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
Topics: Heraldry -- Great Britain Periodicals, Nobility -- Great Britain Periodicals, Great Britain --...
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Apr 3, 2007 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
Topics: Heraldry -- Great Britain Periodicals, Nobility -- Great Britain Periodicals, Great Britain --...
Includes bibliographies and index
Topics: Archives -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Genealogy Bibliography, Great Britain -- History Sources
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Mar 29, 2007 Burke, Arthur Meredyth
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Topic: Great Britain -- Genealogy Bibliography
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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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Jan 30, 2007 Law, Ernest Philip Alphonse, 1854-1930
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Includes index
Topics: Hampton Court (Richmond upon Thames, London, England), genealogy
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Topics: London (England) -- History To 1600, London (England) -- Social life and customs, genealogy
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Jan 30, 2007 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
Topics: Natural history -- England Warwickshire, Warwickshire (England) -- History, Warwickshire (England)...
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Jan 30, 2007 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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Jan 29, 2007 Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912
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Topics: Scotland -- History, genealogy
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Jan 29, 2007 Barfield, Samuel, 1829-1899; Parker, James, 1834-
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Topics: Thatcham, Eng. (Parish), Great Britain -- Genealogy
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Topics: Wales -- History, genealogy
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Jan 26, 2007 Barfield, Samuel, 1829-1899; Parker, James, 1834-
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Topics: Thatcham, Eng. (Parish), Great Britain -- Genealogy
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Jan 26, 2007 Francis, Claude de La Roche
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Topics: London (England) -- History, London (England) -- Social life and customs, genealogy
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Jan 26, 2007 Francis, Claude de La Roche
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Topics: London (England) -- History, London (England) -- Social life and customs, genealogy
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Jan 26, 2007 Davies, J. Silvester; Speed, John, 1703-1781
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Topics: Southampton (England) -- History, genealogy