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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 Gaines, Ruth Louise, 1877-; Smith college relief unit
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, World War, 1914-1918 -- Hospitals, charities, etc
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Topics: Great Britain. Army Indian Division, 6th, World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918, World War,...
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by Sassoon, Siegfried, 1886-1967
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Poetry
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by Sassoon, Siegfried, 1886-1967
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Topics: Ypres, 1st Battle of, 1914, World War, 1914-1918 -- Belgium
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Topics: Economic conditions, World War, 1914-1918 -- Economics and finance, War -- Economic aspects
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Topics: Economic conditions, World War, 1914-1918, War
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by Seton-Watson, R. W. (Robert William), 1879-1951
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918 -- Territorial questions, Europe -- Politics and...
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by Shears, Edward Hornby, 1890-1917
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Topics: Shears, Edward Hornby, 1890-1917, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English
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From the library of John Luczkiw
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Territorial questions Ukraine
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Topics: Peace Conference, Paris, 1919, World War, 1914-1918
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by Simonds, Frank Herbert, 1878-1936
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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
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by Simonds, Frank Herbert, 1878-1936
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by Simonds, Frank Herbert, 1878-1936
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by Simonds, Frank Herbert, 1878-1936
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by Simonds, Frank Herbert, 1878-1936
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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
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by Spencer-Cooper, H. (Henry Edmund Harvey), 1884
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations, Falkland Islands, Battle of the, 1914
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by Stephanove, Constantine
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by Still, John
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Poetry
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by Sutcliffe, Richard Joseph
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Topics: Excess profits tax, World War, 1914-1918 -- Economics and finance
Organization.- Men of the empire.- Industries of England and France in times of war.- In the wake of war.- Westward bound.- Personal impressions.- Appendix
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- England, World War, 1914-1918 -- France