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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 Fletcher, Banister, 1833-1899; Fletcher, Banister, Sir, 1866-1953
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Topic: Architecture -- History
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by Casalis, A. (Alfred)
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Topic: English language -- Dictionaries Sotho
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by Willmore, John Selden, 1856-
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Topic: Arabic language
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Topics: Dundas (Ont. : County) -- History, Dundas (Ont. : County) -- Biography
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Topics: Somerset (England) -- History Bibliography, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Topics: Basque language, Spanish language, French language
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by Aleksandrov, A, pseud
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Topic: English language -- Dictionaries Russian
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by Kadak, Paul K., 1870-; Kadak, Paul K., 1870-. Praktiný anglicko Slovenský slovník. The practical English Slovak dictionary
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On cover: Sostavil, F. Dojácek, Winnipeg
Topic: Slovak language
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Topic: Blake family
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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Topics: Ainu language -- Dictionaries Polyglot, Japanese language -- Dictionaries Polyglot, English...
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Topics: Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821, Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, Duke of, 1769-1852,...
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by Copinger, Walter Arthur, 1847-1910
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Vol. 1. The Hundreds of Babergh and Blackbourn.- Vol. 2. The Hundreds of Blything and Bosmere and Claydon.- Vol. 3. The Hundreds of Carlford and Colneis, Cosford and Hartismere.- Vol. 4. The Hundreds of Hoxne, Lackford, and Loes.- Vol. 5. The Hundreds of Lothingland and Mutford, Plomesgate, and Risbridge.- Vol. 6. The Hundreds of Samford, Stow, and Thedwestry.- Vol. 7. The Hundreds of Thingoe, Thredling, Wangford, and Wilford, including a general Index to the Holders of the Manors
Topics: Manors, Suffolk -- History
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Topics: Basque language, Spanish language, French language
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by Sitarama Sastri, S
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v. 1. The Isa Kena and Mundaka
Topics: Upanishads, Philosophy, Hindu
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by Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim, 1729-1781
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Topic: Aesthetics -- Early works to 1800
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by Mulla, Dinshah Fardunji, Sir, 1868-1934
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Topic: Islamic law -- India
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Topic: French language -- Slang Dictionaries
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by Copinger, Walter Arthur, 1847-1910
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Vol. 1. The Hundreds of Babergh and Blackbourn.- Vol. 2. The Hundreds of Blything and Bosmere and Claydon.- Vol. 3. The Hundreds of Carlford and Colneis, Cosford and Hartismere.- Vol. 4. The Hundreds of Hoxne, Lackford, and Loes.- Vol. 5. The Hundreds of Lothingland and Mutford, Plomesgate, and Risbridge.- Vol. 6. The Hundreds of Samford, Stow, and Thedwestry.- Vol. 7. The Hundreds of Thingoe, Thredling, Wangford, and Wilford, including a general Index to the Holders of the Manors
Topics: Manors, Suffolk -- History
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by Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790; Smyth, Albert Henry, 1863-1907
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Topics: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790, United States -- Foreign relations, United States -- Politics and...
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by Elzas, Barnett A. (Barnett Abraham), 1867-1936
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Topics: Jews -- History, Modern, Jews -- South Carolina, South Carolina -- History
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by Hollis, Alfred Claud, Sir, 1874-
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Topics: Masai, Folklore -- Africa
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by Carreras y Candi, Francisco
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Topic: Catalonia (Spain) -- History
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by Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950
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Topic: Bibliography -- Bibliography
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by Kingsford, Charles Lethbridge, 1862-1926
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Topics: London (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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by Eliot, Charles, Sir, 1862-1931
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Topic: Africa, East
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by Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790; Smyth, Albert Henry, 1863-1907
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Topics: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790, United States -- Foreign relations, United States -- Politics and...
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by Duignan, W. H. (William Henry), d. 1914
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Topic: Names, Geographical -- England Worcestershire
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by Tarbell, Ida M. (Ida Minerva), 1857-1944
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Topics: Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937, Standard Oil Company
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by British Museum. Dept. of Oriental Printed Books and Manuscripts; Blumhardt, James Fuller, d. 1922
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Topic: Manuscripts, Oriental -- Bibliography
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Topics: Léopold II, King of the Belgians, 1835-1909, Zaire
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by Poincaré, Henri, 1854-1912
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Topics: Mathematics -- Philosophy, Science -- Philosophy
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by British Museum. Dept. of Oriental Printed Books and Manuscripts; Crum, W. E. (Walter Ewing), 1865-1944
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Topic: Manuscripts, Coptic -- Catalogs
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by Cox, J. Charles (John Charles), 1843-1919
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Topic: Forests and forestry -- Great Britain
Reprint of the 1625 ed
Topic: Voyages and travels -- Collections
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Topic: Sudan
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by Calkins, Mary Whiton, 1863-1930
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Topic: Psychology
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by Library of Congress. Division of Fine Arts; Hubbard, Gardiner Greene, 1822-1897; Parsons, Arthur Jeffrey, 1856-1915
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Topics: Engraving -- Catalogs, Portraits -- Catalogs
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Topics: Chess, Games, Icelandic literature -- History and criticism
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by Sabbadini, Remigio, 1850-1934
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Topics: Classical philology -- History, Humanism, Manuscripts, Greek, Manuscripts, Latin
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Topic: Spanish language
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Topic: Somali language
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Topic: Proverbs, Spanish
Vom echten Ringe, von Gustav Gröber; Tausend portugiesische Sprichwörter, von Carolina Michaëlis de Vasconcellos; Französische Interjektionen, von K. Sachs; Dante und Adolf Pichler, von A. Brandl; Neuere spanische Lyriker, von George Carel; Baudissin als übersetzer Shaksperes, von Hermann Conrad; Romanische Einflüsse in Gottfried Kellers Dichtung, von Max Cornicelius; Zum Wortschatz der Pariser Lumpensammler, von Otto Driesen; Physiologus-Fabeleien über das Brüten des Vogels Strauss,...
Topics: Tobler, Adolf, 1835-1910, Romance languages, Romance literature -- History and criticism, genealogy
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by V. Payen-Payne, de (Vinchelés Payen-Payne), b. 1866; Deshumbert, Marius, 1856-
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Topics: French language, French language -- Idioms, corrections, errors, French language -- Terms and...
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by Ab al-Faraj al-Ibahn, 897 or 8-967
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Topics: Arabic poetry (Collections), Arabic literature, Musicians, Arabic, Arabs, Islam
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by Lawrie, Archibald Campbell, 1837-1914
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Topics: Scotland -- History To 1603 Sources, Scotland -- Charters, grants, privileges, genealogy
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Topics: Kongo Free State, Belgium -- Colonies Administration
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Topic: Bibliography -- Bibliography
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Topics: Provençal language -- Grammar, Provençal language -- Readers
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topic: Dunmore's Expedition, 1774
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by Jarr ibn 'Ayah, d. 728?; Farazdaq, ca. 641-ca. 728; Bevan, Anthony Ashley, 1859-1933
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by Arnold, Edward Vernon, 1857-1926
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Topics: Vedas, Vedic language -- Metrics and rhythmics
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Topics: Gnosticism, Coptic literature -- Translations
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by Kittel, Rudolf, 1853-1929
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Topics: Women artists, Painting -- History
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by Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790; Smyth, Albert Henry, 1863-1907
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Topics: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790, United States -- Foreign relations, United States -- Politics and...
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by Blanchet, Adrien, b. 1866
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Topics: Gaul and Gauls, Numismatics
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by Roe, Fred
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Topic: Furniture
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by Hulbert, Homer B. (Homer Bezaleel), 1863-1949
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by Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790; Smyth, Albert Henry, 1863-1907
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Topics: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790, United States -- Foreign relations, United States -- Politics and...
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by Brunot, Ferdinand, 1860-1938
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Includes bibliographies
Topic: French language -- History
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by Auscher, Ernest Simon, 1857-; Burton, William, 1863-
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Bibliography: p. [192]-196
Topic: Porcelain, French
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by Moore, Lewis
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Topics: India -- Law, Malabar -- Law
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by Sabbadini, Remigio, 1850-1934
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Topics: Classical philology -- History, Humanism, Manuscripts, Greek, Manuscripts, Latin
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by Menéndez y Pelayo, Marcelino, 1856-1912
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Topics: Spanish fiction (Collections), Spanish fiction -- History and criticism
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by Menéndez y Pelayo, Marcelino, 1856-1912
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Topics: Spanish fiction (Collections), Spanish fiction -- History and criticism
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by Blanchet, Adrien, b. 1866
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Topics: Gaul and Gauls, Numismatics
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Topic: Bibliography -- Bibliography