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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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Oct 14, 2019 Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Palatines -- United States, Huguenots -- New York (State), Salzburgers -- Georgia, Names, Personal...
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Aug 28, 2019 Cox, J. Charles (John Charles), 1843-1919
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Topics: Derbyshire (England) -- Antiquities, Derbyshire (England) -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Essex County (Mass.) -- History Periodicals, Essex County (Mass.) -- Genealogy
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Nov 1, 2017 Pingala; Halayudha Bhatta, lexicographer; Sastri, Vishwanath
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Topics: Sanskrit language -- Metrics and rhythmics, genealogy
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Topics: Royal households -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Politics and government, genealogy
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Topics: Royal households -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Politics and government, genealogy
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Sep 13, 2017 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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Mar 28, 2017 Smith, James, 1855-
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Topics: Smith family, Chalmers family, Scotland -- Genealogy
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Feb 25, 2017 Somerset Record Society
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Includes Annual report and list of subscribers
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Topics: Somerset (England) -- History, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Feb 25, 2017 Somerset Record Society
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Topics: Somerset (England) -- History, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Feb 25, 2017 Somerset Record Society
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Topics: Somerset (England) -- History, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Nov 12, 2016 Macica serbska, Bautzen, Ger
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Title varies: 1848-72, Casopis towarstwa Macicy serbskeje
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Topics: Sorbian philology -- Societies, etc, Sorbian literature -- Bibliography, Lusatia (Germany) --...
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Aug 3, 2016 Bonnier, (Firm) Stockholm; Allmänna konst- och industriutställningen, Stockholm, 1897
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Allmänna konst- och industriutställningen i Stockholm, 1897: 32 p. included
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Topic: genealogy
Bibliography: v. 2, p. [279]-288
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Topics: Naval battles, History, Modern -- 19th century, Warships, genealogy
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Apr 17, 2016 Forwood, William Bower, (Sir) 1840-
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Topics: Shipping -- Great Britain History, Merchant marine -- England Liverpool, genealogy
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Sep 11, 2015 Einhard, ca. 770-840; Rudolf, of Fulda, d. 865; Meginhardus, of Fulda, d. 888; Kurze, Friedrich, 1863-1915; Pertz, Georg Heinrich, 1795-1876
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Topics: Germany -- History To 843 Sources, Germany -- History 843-1273 Sources, France -- History...
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Topics: Essex County (Mass.) -- History Periodicals, Essex County (Mass.) -- Genealogy
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Hawkshead, genealogy
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Topics: Scotland -- History To 1603, Scotland -- Antiquities, genealogy
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Aug 14, 2014 Amad, Ghulm, 1835-1908
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Topics: Ahmadiyya, genealogy
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Mar 29, 2014 Kittel, Rudolf, 1853-1929
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Vol. 1. Quellenkunde und Geschichte der Zeit bis zum Tode Josuas
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Topics: Jews, genealogy
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Jan 6, 2014 Jürgens, Karl, 1821-
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Topics: German language -- Etymology Dictionaries, German language -- Foreign elements Dictionaries,...
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Sep 17, 2013 Essex Institute; Peabody Essex Museum
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Vols. 9-10, 1869-70, called also ser. 2, v. 1-2
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Topics: Genealogy -- Massachusetts Essex County, Essex County (Mass.) -- History Periodicals, Massachusetts...
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Topics: Ayrshire (Scotland), Ayrshire (Scotland) -- Genealogy, genealogy
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Topics: Ayrshire (Scotland), Ayrshire (Scotland) -- Genealogy, genealogy
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Apr 7, 2013 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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Topics: Paris, Maine, United States -- Genealogy
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Mar 12, 2013 Harnack, Adolf von, 1851-1930; Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin
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v. 1. Legenden als Geschichts-Quellen - Socrates und die alte Kirche - Augustine Konfessionen - Das Mönchtum, seine Ideale und seine Geschichte - Martin Luther in seiner Bedeutung für die Geschichte der Wissenschaft und der Bildung - Philipp Melanchthon - August Neander. - Das aopstolische Glaubenskekenntnis - Antwort auf die Streitschrift D. Cremers: Zum Kampf um das Apostolikim - Als die Zeit erfüllt war, der Heiland - Uber die jüngsten Entdeckungen auf dem Gebiete der ältesten...
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Topics: Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo, Luther, Martin, 1483-1546, Melanchthon, Philipp, 1497-1560,...
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Topics: Church history, genealogy
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Feb 1, 2013 Sunity Devee, Maharani of Cooch Behar, b. 1864
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Topics: India -- Social life and customs, genealogy
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Topics: Jacobite Rebellion, 1745-1746, genealogy
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Oct 9, 2012 Merle d'Aubigné, J. H. (Jean Henri), 1794-1872
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Topics: Reformation, genealogy
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Oct 2, 2012 Pollard, Alfred W. (Alfred William), 1859-1944
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Bibliographical introduction: p. [7]-38
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Topics: Bible, genealogy
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Topics: Oxford movement, genealogy
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Topics: Judaism, genealogy
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Feb 21, 2012 Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
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Nov 10, 2011 Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Nov 10, 2011 Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Nov 10, 2011 Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Nov 10, 2011 Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Nov 10, 2011 Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Nov 10, 2011 Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Nov 10, 2011 Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Nov 10, 2011 Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Nov 10, 2011 Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Nov 10, 2011 Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Nov 10, 2011 Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Nov 10, 2011 Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Nov 10, 2011 Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Nov 10, 2011 Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Vol. 2, 3, 7 pub. by Calvary, Berlin
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Topic: genealogy
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Topics: Upanishads -- Criticism, Interpretation, etc, genealogy
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Apr 3, 2011
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Supersedes the Scottish antiquary
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Topics: Scotland -- Antiquities Periodicals, Scotland -- History Periodicals, genealogy
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Apr 3, 2011
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Topics: Scotland -- Antiquities Periodicals, Scotland -- History Periodicals, genealogy
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Apr 3, 2011
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Topics: Scotland -- Antiquities Periodicals, Scotland -- History Periodicals, genealogy
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Apr 3, 2011
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Topics: Scotland -- Antiquities Periodicals, Scotland -- History Periodicals, genealogy
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Apr 3, 2011
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Topics: Scotland -- Antiquities Periodicals, Scotland -- History Periodicals, genealogy
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Feb 17, 2011 Valdés, Juan de, d. 1541
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Topic: genealogy
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Dec 31, 2010 Isserles, Moses ben Israel, ca. 1525-1572; Jaffe, Israel ben Jedidiah, 1813-1888
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Topics: Temple of Jerusalem (Jerusalem), Worship in the Bible, Sacrifice, genealogy
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Dec 20, 2010 London, Eng. Corporation. Court of Common Council. Library Committee; Guildhall (London, England); Sharpe, Reginald R. (Reginald Robinson), b. 1848
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Topics: London (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Nov 21, 2010 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
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Nov 21, 2010 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
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Nov 21, 2010 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
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Nov 21, 2010 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
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Nov 21, 2010 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources
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Nov 21, 2010 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
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Nov 21, 2010 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
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Nov 21, 2010 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
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Nov 21, 2010 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
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Nov 21, 2010 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
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Nov 21, 2010 Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
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Topics: Arabic language, genealogy
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Jul 30, 2010 Khans, d. ca. 645; Cheikho, Louis, 1859-1927
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Added t.-p. (Within ornamental border) and text in Arabic. Main part paged with Arabic numerals
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Topics: Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821, Germany -- History 1806-1815, Leipzig (Germany) --...