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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 Bellows, John, 1831-1902; Bellows, Wiilliam
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Topics: French language -- Dictionaries English, English language -- Dictionaries French
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by Burton, William, 1863-; Hobson, R. L. (Robert Lockhart), 1872-1941
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Topic: Pottery -- Marks
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by Germany. Statutes. Handelsgesetzbuch; Schuster, Alfred Felix
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Translation of Handelsgesetzbuch, 1897
Topic: Commercial law
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Topics: Quotations, Arabic, Quotations, Persian
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Topics: Hindustani language -- Grammar, Hindustani language -- Textbooks for foreigners English
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by Ausonius, Decimus Magnus; Evelyn-White, Hugh G. (Hugh Gerard), d. 1924
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by Macbain, Alexander, 1855-1907
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Topics: Scottish Gaelic language -- Etymology, Names, Scottish Gaelic
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by Baker, George Pierce, 1866-1935
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Topic: Drama -- Technique
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by Meyer-Lübke, Wilhelm, 1861-1936
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"Literaturnachweise": p. [xiii]-xix
Topic: Romance languages -- Etymology Dictionaries
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by Smith, Vincent Arthur, 1848-1920; Edwardes, Stephen Meredyth, 1873-1927
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Topic: India -- History
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Topic: English language -- Dictionaries
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by 'Ali ibn 'Usman, called Data Ganj Bakhsh, Jullabi, Hujviri, fl. 1030; Nicholson, Reynold Alleyne, 1868-1945
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Topic: Persian language -- Texts and translations
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by Vanderpoel, John Henry, 1857-1911
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Topic: Human figure in art
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by Ausonius, Decimus Magnus; Evelyn-White, Hugh G. (Hugh Gerard), d. 1924
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Topics: Ethnology -- Nigeria, Africa -- Ethnology
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by Jenkins, Hester Donaldson
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Bibliography: p. 120-123
Topic: Ibrahim, pasha, 1789-1848
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Topics: Italian language -- Dictionaries French, French language -- Dictionaries Italian
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by Harrow School; Dauglish, Milverton Godfrey, d. 1911; Stephenson, Pleydell Keppel
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Topics: Harrow School, Harrow School
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Bibliographical introduction: p. [7]-38
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Topics: Bible, genealogy
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Topics: English language, Americanisms, Names -- United States, Names, Personal -- United States
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Topics: Ganda (African people), Uganda
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Topic: Greece -- History Peloponnesian War, 431-404 B.C
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Topics: Ontario -- Politics and government Sources, Ontario -- Social life and customs
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by Charterhouse School, Godalming, Eng
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by Ames, James Barr, 1846-1910; Smith, Jeremiah, 1837-1921; Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964
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Topic: Torts -- Cases
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Topic: Marriage licenses -- Sussex, England
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Topics: Buchanan family, Buchanan, Alexander, 1798-1851, Buchanan, James, 1772-1851
"Obra publicada bajo los auspicios de la Comisión nacional del centenario."
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Topics: Spanish language in America, Spanish language
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by Fuller-Eliott-Drake, Elizabeth (Douglas), Lady
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Topics: Drake, Francis, Sir, 1540?-1596, Drake family
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by Vaughan, Thomas; Waite, Arthur Edward, 1857-1942
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Topics: Alchemy, Theosophy
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by Coelho, Frederico Duarte
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Topic: Portuguese language
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Topics: Arabic literature, Arabic language
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by Díaz Rodríguez, Manuel, 1871-1927
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by Ravanat, Albert, 1845-
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Topics: Provençal language, Modern -- Dialects Grenoble, Provençal language, Modern -- Dialects Dauphiné
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by Sokolow, Nahum, 1859-1936
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Bibliography: v. 2, p. 449-460
Topics: Jews -- Restoration, Zionism
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by Niederheitmann, Friedrich; Vogel, Emil, 1859-1908
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Topics: Violin, Violin makers
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by Dalgado, Sebastião Rodolpho, 1855-1922; Academia das Ciências de Lisboa
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At head of title: Academia das sciências de Lisboa
Topics: Oriental languages, Portuguese language
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by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, fl. 1540; Grierson, George Abraham, Sir, 1851-1941; Dvivedi, Sudhkara
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Text in Hindi and English
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by Virgil; Fairclough, H. Rushton (Henry Rushton), b. 1862; Brown, Seldon Lister, 1856-
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Topic: French language -- Slang Dictionaries
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by Torp, Alf, 1853-1916
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Topics: Norwegian language, Norwegian language
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Topic: Persian language -- Grammar
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Topic: England -- Law Reports, digests, etc
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Topics: Entremés, Spanish drama (Collections), Spanish drama -- History and criticism
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by smail Hakk, Bursal, 1653-1724 or 5
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Topic: Koran
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Topic: Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928
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by Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922
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Topic: genealogy
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by Bell, Gertrude Lowthian, 1868-1926
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Topics: Syria -- Description and travel, Syria -- Social life and customs
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by Pankhurst, E. Sylvia (Estelle Sylvia), 1882-1960
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Topic: Women -- Suffrage Great Britain
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by Hoops, Johannes, 1865-
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Topic: Germany -- Antiquities
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by Wood, William R. (William Robertson), 1874-
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Topics: Pickering (Ont. : Township) -- History, Pickering (Ont. : Township) -- Biography
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Topic: Canada -- Biography
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by Fronto, Marcus Cornelius; Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome, 121-180; Antoninus Pius, Emperor of Rome, 86-161; Verus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome, 130-169; Haines, Charles Reginald
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Topics: Islamic law, Jurisprudence
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by Hoops, Johannes, 1865-
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Topic: Germany -- Antiquities
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by Kidd, Benjamin, 1858-1916
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Topics: Civilization, Evolution
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by Budge, E. A. Wallis (Ernest Alfred Wallis), Sir, 1857-1934
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Topics: Osiris, Eschatology, Egyptian
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by Campbell, Wilfred, 1858?-1918; Bryce, George, 1844-1931
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Topic: Scots -- Canada
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Topic: Ethics
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by Blunt, Edward Arthur Henry, Sir, 1877-; Führer, Alois Anton, 1853- List of Christian tombs and monuments
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Topics: Tombs -- India United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, Christians -- India, United Provinces of Agra and...
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by Cross, Tom Peete, 1879-1951
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Topic: Witchcraft
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by Hoops, Johannes, 1865-
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Topic: Germany -- Antiquities
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by Barbellion, W. N. P., 1889-1919
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Topics: Barbellion, W. N. P., 1889-1919, Authors, English -- 20th century
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by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616; Stevenson, O. J. (Orlando John), 1869-1950
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Continued in four separate publications (after issue of 24th v.(1923): Who's Who in Literature ... q.v., What editors and Publishers Want; The Librarians' Guide, q.v., and British Booksellers
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by Brown, Stephen J. M. (Stephen James Meredith), 1881-1962
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Topics: Fiction -- Bibliography, English fiction -- Irish authors Bibliography, Ireland -- Social life and...
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by Fuller-Eliott-Drake, Elizabeth (Douglas), Lady
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Topics: Drake, Francis, Sir, 1540?-1596, Drake family
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Topic: Hindustani language -- Glossaries, vocabularies, etc
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by Révai, Mr János, 1860-1926; Kovács, Zoltán, 1863-; Sziklay, János, 1857-1941
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Edited by Mór János Révai, with the assistance of Zoltán Kovács, and János Sziklay
Topic: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, Hungarian
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by Haig, Douglas, Sir, 1861-1928; Boraston, J. H. (John Herbert), 1885-
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns Western Front
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by Lukács, György, 1885-1971
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Topics: Literature -- Aesthetics, Literature, Modern -- History and criticism
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by Burroughs, Edgar Rice, 1875-1950
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by Livy; Foster, B. O; Geer, Russel M. (Russel Mortimer); Sage, Evan Taylor, 1881-; Moore, Frank Gardner, 1865-; Schlesinger, Alfred C. (Alfred Cary), 1900-
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by Révai, Mr János, 1860-1926; Kovács, Zoltán, 1863-; Sziklay, János, 1857-1941
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Edited by Mór János Révai, with the assistance of Zoltán Kovács, and János Sziklay
Topic: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, Hungarian
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by Livy; Foster, B. O; Geer, Russel M. (Russel Mortimer); Sage, Evan Taylor, 1881-; Moore, Frank Gardner, 1865-; Schlesinger, Alfred C. (Alfred Cary), 1900-
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