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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: Drake, Francis, Sir, 1540?-1596, Great Britain -- History Tudors, 1485-1603, Great Britain --...
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Topics: Drake, Francis, Sir, 1540?-1596, Great Britain -- History Tudors, 1485-1603, Great Britain --...
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1949 Knox, John, ca. 1514-1572
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Topics: Reformation -- Scotland, genealogy
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1926 Bowles, George F. S. (Frederic Stewart), 1877-
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Topics: Sea-power, Great Britain -- History, Naval, Great Britain -- Commerce, genealogy
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Topics: England -- Commerce and industries, England -- Economic conditions, genealogy
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1925 Ernle, Rowland Edmund Prothero, Baron, 1852-1937
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Food supply, England -- Agriculture, England -- Land, genealogy
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1923 Rawlinson, Alfred, Sir, 1867-1934
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, London...
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1923 Mackie, J. D. (John Duncan), b. 1887; Pryde, George S. (George Smith); Mill, Anna Jean
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Topics: Convention of Royal Burghs (Scotland), Scotland -- Politics and government 1371-1707, Scotland --...
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1923 Mathieson, William Law, 1868-
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Topics: Church of England, Great Britain -- Church history, genealogy
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Topics: Winchester (England) -- Politics and government, Winchester (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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1923 Tormay, Cecile, 1876-1937
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[Vol. 1] Revolution, with a foreword by the Duke of Northumberland.--[Vol. 2] The Commune
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Topics: Hungary -- History Revolution, 1918-1919, genealogy
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1923 Rope, Henry Edward George, 1880-
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Topic: genealogy
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1923 Simon, John Smith, 1843-1933
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Topics: Wesley, John, 1703-1791, Methodism, England -- Ecclesiastical history, genealogy
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1923 Page, William, 1861-1934
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Topics: London (England) -- History To 1600, genealogy
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1923 Pierce, William
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Topics: Penry, John, 1559-1593, Marprelate controversy, Education -- England History, Great Britain --...
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1922 Chancellor, E. Beresford (Edwin Beresford), 1868-1937
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Topics: Almack's, London, London (England) -- History, London (England) -- Streets St. James's Street,...
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Topics: Megillat Ta'anit, Jews -- History, genealogy
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Topics: England -- History Historiography, genealogy
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1922 Power, Eileen Edna, 1889-1940
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Topics: Convents -- England, Monastic and religious life of women -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Monroe doctrine, Great Britain -- Foreign relations 1820-1830, Great Britain -- Foreign relations...
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Topics: Ethnology -- Sudan, Arabs -- Sudan, Manuscripts -- Sudan, Sudan -- History Sources, Sudan --...
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1922 Konta, Alexander
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Topics: Kossuth, Lajos, 1802-1894, genealogy
"Records and authorities": v. 1, p. [xiii]-lv
Topics: St. Bartholomew's Priory (London, England), St. Bartholomew-the-Great (Church : London, England),...
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1921 Rosebery, Archibald Philip Primrose, Earl of, 1847-1929
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v. 1. Appreciations: Robert Burns, Dr. Johnson, Thackeray, Cromwell, Frederick the Great, Burke, William Windham, The coming of Bonaparte, Sir Robert Peel, Dr. Chalmers, Mr. Gladstone, Lord Salisbury, Lord Randolph Churchill.--v. 2. Vignettes: The portraits of Burns, The love episode of William Pitt, Nelson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Cecil Rhodes. Scottish history and character: Scottish history. The union of England and Scotland, The patriotism of a Scot, The formation of a Scottish character,...
Topic: genealogy
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1921 Rimbert, Saint, Archbishop of Hamburg and Bremen, ca. 830-888; Robinson, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1861-1925
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Topics: Ansgar, Saint, Archbishop of Hamburg and Bremen, ca. 801-865, genealogy
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1921 Bruton, Francis Archibald, 1860-; Woods, Albert
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- Description and travel, Lancashire (England) -- History, genealogy
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1921 Mills, William Haslam, 1874-
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Topics: Guardian (Manchester, England), genealogy
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Topics: De Clare family, genealogy
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1921 Rimbert, Saint, Archbishop of Hamburg and Bremen, ca. 830-888; Robinson, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1861-1925
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Topics: Ansgar, Saint, Archbishop of Hamburg and Bremen, ca. 801-865, genealogy
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Topics: Population, England -- Census, genealogy
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Topics: England -- History 1603-1714 Stuart, France -- History Bourbons, 1589-1789, genealogy
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1921 Graves, Charles L. (Charles Larcom), 1856-1944
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Topics: Punch (London, England), Great Britain -- History Humor, genealogy
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1921 Graves, Charles L. (Charles Larcom), 1856-1944
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Topics: Punch (London, England), Great Britain -- History Humor, genealogy
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1921 Welch, Charles, 1848-1924; London (England). Corporation. Court of Common Council. City Lands Committee
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Topics: Monument (London, England), genealogy
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1921 Gray, Arthur B
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Topics: Cambridge (England) -- Description and travel, Cambridge (England) -- History, genealogy
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1921 Oman, Charles William Chadwick, Sir, 1860-1946
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Topics: Great Britain -- History 19th century, genealogy
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Topics: England -- History Sources, England -- Politics and government, genealogy
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1921 Graves, Charles L. (Charles Larcom), 1856-1944
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Topics: Punch (London, England), Great Britain -- History Humor, genealogy
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1921 Aytoun, William Edmondstoune, 1813-1865; Page, Frederick, 1879-
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Lays of the Scottish cavaliers, and other poems, 1849.--Bothwell: a poem in six parts 1856.--Poems from Blackwood, 1847-1852.--From 'The Bon Gaultier ballads,' 1845-1857.--The golden age.--Firmilian, 1854.--Miscellaneous poems printed in Sir Theodore Martin's Memoir of Aytoun, 1867.--Nuptial ode on the marriage of the Prince of Wales, 1863.--From 'Poems and ballads of Goethe,' 1859.--Other translations.--Poland, Homer, and other poems, 1832.--Appendixes: I. Appendix to 'Lays of the Scottish...
Topics: English poetry -- Translations, Scotland -- History Poetry, genealogy
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1921 Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
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Topics: England -- Foreign relations, United States -- Foreign relations, United States -- History,...
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1921 Sunity Devee, Maharani of Cooch Behar, b. 1864
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Topics: India -- Social life and customs, genealogy
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1921 Graves, Charles L. (Charles Larcom), 1856-1944
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Topics: Punch (London, England), Great Britain -- History Humor, genealogy
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1921 Askenazy, Szymon, 1867-1935; Rose, William John, 1885-
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Translation of Danzig und Polen
Topics: Danzig (Germany), Poland -- History, genealogy
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1921 Committee for the Survey of the Memorials of Greater London; Norman, Philip, 1842-1931
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Topics: East Acton Manor House (London, England), Acton (London, England) -- History, London (England) --...
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1921 Tussaud, John Theodore, 1859-
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Topics: Tussaud, Marie, 1761-1850, Waxworks -- England London History, genealogy
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Topics: England -- Law History, genealogy
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1920 Treloar, William Purdie, Bart., (Sir) 1843-1923; Perry, Micaiah, 1695?-1753
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Topics: London (England) -- History, genealogy
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1920 Young, George, 1872-; Germany. Constitution
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"The German constitution": p. 262-325
Topics: Germany -- History 1918-1933, Germany -- Politics and government 1918-1933, genealogy
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1920 Smith, Cades Alfred Middleton
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Topics: China -- Commerce and industries, China -- History, England -- Commerce and industries, genealogy
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1920 Gretton, R. H. (Richard Henry), 1874-
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Topics: Burford (Oxfordshire, England) -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Prussia (Kingdom). Armee. Grosser Generalstab, World War, 1914-1918 -- Germany, World War,...
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1920 Gillespie, James Edward, 1887-
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Topics: Imperial federation, Great Britain -- Colonies History, genealogy
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Topics: Finch, John, Sir, 1626-1682, England -- Foreign relations, Turkey -- History, genealogy
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1920 Farrer, William, 1861-1924
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Topics: Henry I, King of England, 1068-1135, Great Britain -- History Henry I, 1100-1135, genealogy
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1920 Hammond, J. L. (John Lawrence), 1872-1949; Hammond, Barbara Bradby, 1873-1961
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Topics: Agricultural laborers -- Great Britain, Labor and laboring classes -- Great Britain History,...
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1920 Dicey, Albert Venn, 1835-1922; Rait, Robert S. (Robert Sangster), 1874-1936
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Topics: Scotland -- History Union, 1707, genealogy
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1920 Rees, James Frederick, Sir, 1883-
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Topics: Labor and laboring classes -- Great Britain, Industrial policy -- Great Britain, Great Britain --...
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1920 Robinson, C. E. (Cyril Edward), 1884-
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Topics: Great Britain -- History To 1485, genealogy
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Topics: England -- Social life and customs, genealogy
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1920 Forwood, William Bower, (Sir) 1840-
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Topics: Shipping -- Great Britain History, Merchant marine -- England Liverpool, genealogy
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Topics: Otto, Bishop of Bamberg, ca. 1060-1139, genealogy
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1920 Howard, Louise Ernestine, Lady, 1880-
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Topics: Germany -- History 1918-1945, Germany -- History 1806-1918, Germany -- Politics and government,...
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Topics: Moore family, Catholic Church, Reformation -- England, Persecution, Great Britain -- History...
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1919 Newton, A. W. (Alfred W.)
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Topics: Education, Elementary -- England History, genealogy
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1919 Delabarre, Edmund Burke, b. 1863; Colonial Society of Massachusetts
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Topics: Dighton Rock, genealogy
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1919 Vickers, Kenneth Hotham, 1881-
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Topics: Great Britain -- History Medieval period, 1066-1485, genealogy
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1919 Wylie, James Hamilton, 1844-1914; Waughn, William Templeton, 1884-1932
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Topics: Henry V, King of England, 1387-1422, Great Britain -- History Henry V, 1413-1422, genealogy
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1919 Ruskin Centenary Council, London; Whitehouse, J. Howard (John Howard), 1873-1955
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Topics: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900, genealogy
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Peace, Europe -- History 1789-1900, genealogy
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Topics: Punch (London, England), World War, 1914-1918 -- Humor, caricatures, etc, World War, 1914-1918,...
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1919 Keith, Arthur Berriedale, 1879-1944
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Topics: Conference of Berlin (1884-1885), Zaire -- History To 1908, genealogy
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1919 Mowat, R. B. (Robert Balmain), 1883-1941
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Topics: Henry V, King of England, 1387-1422, Great Britain -- History Henry V, 1413-1422, genealogy
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Topics: England -- History Sources, genealogy
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1919 Powell, Joseph; Gribble, Francis Henry, 1862-1946
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Topics: Ruhleben (Concentration camp), World War, 1914-1918 -- Prisoners of war, World War, 1914-1918 --...