Skip to main content

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.


Materials for this collection provided by: Robarts Library

PART OF
Canadian Libraries
More right-solid
More right-solid
More right-solid
More right-solid
SHOW DETAILS
up-solid down-solid
eye
Title
Date Published
Creator
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Haig, Douglas, Sir, 1861-1928; Boraston, J. H. (John Herbert), 1885-
texts
eye 8,642
favorite 0
comment 0
Includes index
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns Western Front
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Ludendorff, Erich, 1865-1937
texts
eye 6,635
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topics: World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Bochkareva, Mariia Leontievna Frolkova, 1889-; Levine, Isaac Don, 1892-
texts
eye 5,283
favorite 3
comment 0
26
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Russian, Russia -- History Revolution, 1917-1921...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Glenconner, Pamela, 1871-1928
texts
eye 4,734
favorite 1
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Tennant, Edward Wyndham, 1897-1916, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English
Includes index
Topics: Gallieni, Joseph-Simon, 1849-1916, Opéra-Comique (Paris, France), World War, 1914-1918 -- France,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 3,534
favorite 2
comment 0
Includes index
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns Balkan Peninsula, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Clément-Janin, Noël, 1862-
texts
eye 3,431
favorite 2
comment 0
52
Topics: World War, 1914-1918, Engraving, Posters, French
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 3,172
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Canada. Army. 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade, World War, 1914-1918 -- Regimental histories Canada...
26
Topics: Canada. Army. 102d Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canada. Army. 102d Canadian Infantry Battalion,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Romains, Jules, 1885-1972
texts
eye 3,086
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Poetry
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Pack, Charles Lathrop, 1857-1937
texts
eye 2,935
favorite 8
comment 0
26
Topics: Vegetable gardening, World War, 1914-1918 -- Food supply
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 2,710
favorite 1
comment 0
26 29
Topics: Selous, Frederick Courtenay, 1851-1917, World War, 1914-1918 -- Africa
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 2,657
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topics: Spies, World War, 1914-1918
52
Topics: Great Britain. Royal Navy, Borodino (Steamship), World War, 1914-1918 -- Supplies
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Kuhne, Victor
texts
eye 2,442
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Bulgaria, National characteristics, Bulgarian, Bulgaria -- Foreign relations
26
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Atrocities, World War, 1914-1918 -- Serbia, Serbia -- History
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 2,409
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Territorial questions Germany Prussia, West, World War, 1914-1918 --...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Ludendorff, Erich, 1865-1937
texts
eye 2,392
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Ayres, Leonard Porter, 1879-1946
texts
eye 2,355
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- United States Statistics
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Powell, Joseph; Gribble, Francis Henry, 1862-1946
texts
eye 2,333
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: Ruhleben (Concentration camp), World War, 1914-1918 -- Prisoners of war, World War, 1914-1918 --...
26
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Art and the war
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Falkenhayn, Erich von, 1861-1922
texts
eye 2,316
favorite 3
comment 0
26
Topics: World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Tirpitz, Alfred Peter Friedrich von, 1849-1930
texts
eye 2,305
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: Germany. Kriegsmarine, World War, 1914-1918 -- Germany, World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Chaptal de Chanteloup, Léonie, 1873-
texts
eye 2,265
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: World War, 1914-1918
26
Topics: Zeebrugge-Ostend raids, 1918, World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Simonds, Frank Herbert, 1878-1936
texts
eye 2,238
favorite 4
comment 0
v. 1. The attack on France.--v. 2. The making of middle Europe.--v. 3. Verdun and the Somme.--v. 4. America and Russia.--v. 5. The victory of armistice
Topic: World War, 1914-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 2,208
favorite 1
comment 0
Microfilm (negative)
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- France, World War, 1914-1918 -- Germany
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Hopkins, J. Castell (John Castell), 1864-1923; Renison, Robert John, Bishop, 1875-1957
texts
eye 2,146
favorite 0
comment 0
26 31 40
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Canada
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Seton-Watson, R. W. (Robert William), 1879-1951
texts
eye 2,144
favorite 2
comment 0
Bibliographical footnotes
Topics: World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918 -- Territorial questions, Europe -- Politics and...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Candler, Edmund, 1874-1926
texts
eye 2,141
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Iraq -- Description and travel
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by French, John Denton Pinkstone, Earl of Ypres, 1852-1925; Churchill, Winston, Sir, 1874-1965
texts
eye 2,124
favorite 2
comment 0
Cohen
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns Western Front
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 2,092
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Poetry
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Turner, Charles Cyril, 1870-
texts
eye 2,026
favorite 1
comment 0
Includes index
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 1,915
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Causes
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Donohoe, Martin Henry, 1869-
texts
eye 1,894
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns Iran, Iran -- Description and travel
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Rostand, Edmond, 1868-1918
texts
eye 1,889
favorite 0
comment 0
26 31
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Poetry
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Simonds, Frank Herbert, 1878-1936
texts
eye 1,850
favorite 4
comment 0
v. 1. The attack on France.--v. 2. The making of middle Europe.--v. 3. Verdun and the Somme.--v. 4. America and Russia.--v. 5. The victory of armistice
Topic: World War, 1914-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Graves, Charles L. (Charles Larcom), 1856-1944
texts
eye 1,850
favorite 2
comment 0
Includes index
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Humor, caricatures, etc
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Simonds, Frank Herbert, 1878-1936
texts
eye 1,818
favorite 4
comment 0
v. 1. The attack on France.--v. 2. The making of middle Europe.--v. 3. Verdun and the Somme.--v. 4. America and Russia.--v. 5. The victory of armistice
Topic: World War, 1914-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Loreburn, Robert Threshie Reid, 1st earl, 1846-; Grey of Fallodon, Edward Grey, Viscount, 1862-1933
texts
eye 1,809
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Causes
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Paris Peace Conference (1919-1920). Commission on the Responsibility of the Authors of the War and on Enforcement of Penalties
texts
eye 1,757
favorite 2
comment 0
Includes bibliographical references
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Atrocities, War (International law), World War, 1914-1918 -- Causes
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by March, Francis Andrew, 1863-1928; Beamish, Richard Joseph, 1879-
texts
eye 1,739
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: World War, 1914-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 1,722
favorite 5
comment 0
26
Topics: Great Britain. Army Indian Division, 6th, World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918, World War,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 1,720
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Law (emergency legislation), War (International law), World War, 1939-1945...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Wyllie, William Lionel, 1851-; Owen, Charles; Kirkpatrick, W.D
texts
eye 1,713
favorite 0
comment 1
Includes index
( 1 reviews )
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations, Jutland, Battle of, 1916
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Simonds, Frank Herbert, 1878-1936
texts
eye 1,689
favorite 5
comment 0
v. 1. The attack on France.--v. 2. The making of middle Europe.--v. 3. Verdun and the Somme.--v. 4. America and Russia.--v. 5. The victory of armistice
Topic: World War, 1914-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 1,654
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Canada. Army. 55th Battery, C.F.A, World War, 1914-1918 -- Regimental histories Canada 55th...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Logio, George Clenton
texts
eye 1,646
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Bulgaria, Eastern question (Balkan), Bulgaria -- Politics and government
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 1,641
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Canadian
26 31 41
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Canada, World War, 1914-1918 -- Great Britain
26
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Lille
v. 1. The days of adversity.--v. 2. The tide of victory
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns Turkey
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 1,579
favorite 0
comment 0
Includes bibliographical references
Topics: Nivelle, Robert Georges, 1858-1924, World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns France, Chemin des dames
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Ypres, John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st earl of, 1852-1925
texts
eye 1,549
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns Western Front
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 1,539
favorite 0
comment 0
26 35 41
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns France, World War, 1914-1918 -- Regimental histories Canada
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Hazen, Charles Downer, 1868-
texts
eye 1,527
favorite 0
comment 0
Includes bibliography
Topics: World War, 1914-1918, Europe -- History 1789-1900
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Trevelyan, George Macaulay, 1876-1962
texts
eye 1,503
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Wetterlé, E. (Emile), b. 1861
texts
eye 1,492
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- France Alsace
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Wilson-Green, Arthur; Nadaud, Marcel, 1889-; Riou, Gaston, 1883-; Renaud, Jean; Henriot, Emile, 1889-1961; Canudo, Ricciotto, 1879-1923
texts
eye 1,480
favorite 2
comment 0
31
Topic: World War, 1914-1918
52
Topic: World War, 1914-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Simonds, Frank Herbert, 1878-1936
texts
eye 1,463
favorite 5
comment 0
v. 1. The attack on France.--v. 2. The making of middle Europe.--v. 3. Verdun and the Somme.--v. 4. America and Russia.--v. 5. The victory of armistice
Topic: World War, 1914-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Zurlinden, Emile Auguste, 1837-1929
texts
eye 1,461
favorite 0
comment 0
Vol. 1. La préparation; Les opérations jusqu'en juin 1916.- Vol. 2. Les opérations de juin 1916 à la fin de la guerre; Dernières réflexions
Topic: World War, 1914-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Gaillard, Gaston
texts
eye 1,452
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Baltic States, World War, 1914-1918 -- Scandinavia, Pangermanism
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 1,452
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- United States, World War, 1914-1918 -- Diplomatic history
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Czernin von und zu Chudenitz, Ottokar Theobald Otto Maria, Graf, 1872-1932
texts
eye 1,449
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: World War, 1914-1918, Austria -- Politics and government 1867-1918
26
Topics: Ypres, 1st Battle of, 1914, World War, 1914-1918 -- Belgium
Includes bibliography
Topics: World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918 -- United States, Patriotism
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Spencer-Cooper, H. (Henry Edmund Harvey), 1884
texts
eye 1,422
favorite 1
comment 0
Includes index
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations, Falkland Islands, Battle of the, 1914
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Johnston, M. A. B. (Maurice Andrew Brackenreed), 1892-; Yearsley, K.D. (Kenneth Darlaston), 1891-
texts
eye 1,395
favorite 1
comment 1
Lettered on cover: 450 miles to freedom: the adventure of eight British officers in their escape from the Turks
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: World War, 1914-1918
Includes index
Topic: World War, 1914-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 1,360
favorite 1
comment 0
26 40 41 43
Topics: Punch (London, England), World War, 1914-1918 -- Humor, caricatures, etc, World War, 1914-1918,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Nicholson, Ivor; Lloyd-Williams, Trevor
texts
eye 1,356
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Wales, Eng
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 1,351
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Fiction
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Duncan-Clark, S. J. (Samuel John), b. 1875; Plewman, W. R. (William Rothwell), 1880-; Wallace, W. Stewart (William Stewart), 1884-1970
texts
eye 1,324
favorite 2
comment 0
On cover : Canada's valorous achievements
Topics: World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 1,298
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Beyens, Eugène-Napoléon, baron, 1855-1934, World War, 1914-1918 -- Causes, World War, 1914-1918...