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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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Vol. 1. Les causes de la pénétration de étrangers en France; Les orientaux et les extra-européens dans la population française.- Vol. 2. Les Allemands, les Hollandais, les Scandinaves
Topic: France -- Population
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Vol. 1. Les causes de la pénétration de étrangers en France; Les orientaux et les extra-européens dans la population française.- Vol. 2. Les Allemands, les Hollandais, les Scandinaves
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Topic: Communism
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Topic: Treaty of Versailles (1919)
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by Boutros Ghali, Wacyf
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Topics: Chivalry, Arabian Peninsula -- Social life and customs
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by Wilson-Green, Arthur; Nadaud, Marcel, 1889-; Riou, Gaston, 1883-; Renaud, Jean; Henriot, Emile, 1889-1961; Canudo, Ricciotto, 1879-1923
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918
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by Marstrander, Carl Johan Sverdrup, 1883-
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Topic: Hittite language
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by Baldensperger, Fernand, 1871-1958
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Topic: French literature -- 20th century History and criticism
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by Antonelli, Étienne, 1879-
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Topic: Communism
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Topics: Jews, Jews
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by Laloy, Émile, 1863-; Russia. Ministerstvo Inostrannykh Del
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by Société des études juives (France); Ecole pratique des hautes études (France). Section des sciences économiques et sociales; Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales; Société des études juives (France). Actes et conférences
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Many vols., 1880- include Actes et conférences of the Société
Topics: Jews, Judaism, Jewish literature
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by Le Gros, Henri Nicolas Prosper
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Marne, 1st Battle of the, France, 1914
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by Andler, Charles Philippe Théodore, 1866-1933
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Topic: Socialism
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by Contenau, Georges, 1877-
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Topic: Akkadian language
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918
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by Groulx, Lionel, 1878-1967
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Topics: Dollard des Ormeaux, Adam, 1635-1660, French-Canadians
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by Saint-René Taillandier, Madeleine Marie Louise, 1875-
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Topics: Red Cross and Red Crescent, World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918
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by Galocsy, Arpad de
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918, Nationalism