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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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by Walpole, Spencer, Sir, 1839-1907
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Topics: France -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- Court and courtiers, Great Britain -- History Stuarts, 1603-1714, genealogy
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by Greenwood, William de Redman, 1858-
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Topics: Great Britain -- Court and courtiers, Great Britain -- History Stuarts, 1603-1714, genealogy
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by Sanford, John Langton, 1824-1877; Townsend, Meredith White, 1831-1911
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by Law, Ernest Philip Alphonse, 1854-1930
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Topics: Archives, England -- Genealogy
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Topics: Scotland -- History To 1603, Scotland -- Church history, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- Genealogy Bibliography, Registers of births, etc. -- Bibliography, Privately...
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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by Francis, Claude de La Roche
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Topics: London (England) -- History, London (England) -- Social life and customs, genealogy
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by Francis, Claude de La Roche
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Topics: London (England) -- History, London (England) -- Social life and customs, genealogy
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Topics: Finance, Public -- England, Money -- Great Britain History, Great Britain -- Economic conditions,...
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Topics: Wales -- History, genealogy
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by Jesse, John Heneage, 1815-1874
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Topics: London (England) -- History, London (England) -- Antiquities, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Norfolk (England) -- Antiquities Bibliography, Norwich (England) -- Antiquities Bibliography,...
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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by Innes, Arthur D. (Arthur Donald), 1863-1938
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Topics: Scotland -- History To 1603, Scotland -- Church history, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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by Perry, John Tavenor, 1842-1915
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Topics: Middlesex (England) -- Antiquities, Middlesex (England) -- History, genealogy
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by 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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by Innes, Arthur D. (Arthur Donald), 1863-1938
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by London County Council; London Survey Committee; Joint Publishing Committee Representing the London County Council and the London Survey Committee
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by Walford, Edward, 1823-1897
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Topics: Nobility -- Great Britain, genealogy
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Topics: Inverness (Scotland) -- Bibliography, Inverness-shire (Scotland) -- Bibliography, genealogy
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Topics: Royalists, 1642-1660, Great Britain -- Genealogy
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Archives -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Genealogy Bibliography, Great Britain -- History Sources
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by Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912
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Topics: Scotland -- History, genealogy
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Topic: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals
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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
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by Essex Institute; Peabody Essex Museum
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by Essex Institute; Peabody Essex Museum
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by Staffordshire Record Society
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Topics: Staffordshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Staffordshire (England) -- Genealogy
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by Essex Institute; Peabody Essex Museum
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by Harvey, William, d. 1567; Great Britain College of Arms; British Museum. Mss. (Harleian 888); British Museum. Mss. (Harleian 1092); Metcalfe, Walter Charles
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by Essex Institute; Peabody Essex Museum
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Topics: Reformation -- England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century, genealogy
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by Calverley, William Slater, 1847-1898; Collingwood, W. G. (William Gershom), 1854-1932
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Topics: Church of England. Diocese of Carlisle, Christian antiquities -- England Carlisle, Crosses --...
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by Essex Institute; Peabody Essex Museum
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