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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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Topic: Naples. Teatro San Carlino
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by Micacchi, Rodolfo; Rubbiani, Ferruccio
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Topics: Patriotic poetry, Italian, Italy -- In literature
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by Pirandello, Luigi, 1867-1936
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by Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321
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Italian text, with accompanying English translation
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by Bertoni, Giulio, 1878-1942
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Topics: Ariosto, Lodovico, 1474-1533, Renaissance -- Italy
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Topic: Economics
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by Leopardi, Giacomo, 1798-1837
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by Catholic Church. Treaties, etc; Mercati, Angelo, 1870-1955
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Topics: Catholic Church, Concordats
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Topics: Frugoni, Carlo Innocenzo, 1692-1768, Parma (Italy) -- Intellectual life
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Topic: Italian language
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by Franceschini, P.G
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Topic: Fathers of the church
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by Biblioteca nazionale centrale di Firenze
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Issues for 1901-57 called also n. 1-680
Topic: Italian literature
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by Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321
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Italian text, with accompanying English translation
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by Onorato, Raffaele
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Topic: Homer
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by Soffici, Ardengo, 1879-1964
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Topics: Italy. Esercito. 2. armata, World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918
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by Gariazzo, Piero Antonio, 1879-
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Topic: Motion pictures
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Topic: Mazzini, Giuseppe, 1805-1872
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by Bottiglioni, Gino, 1887-
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Topics: Apis (The word), Alvearium (The word), Romance languages -- Etymology
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by Almagià, Roberto, 1884-1962
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Bibliography: p. 69-109
Topic: Geography
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by Allason, Barbara, 1877-1968
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Includes bibliographical references
Topics: Schelling, Karoline Michaelis, 1763-1809, Romanticism -- Germany History
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by Moretti, Marino, 1885-1979
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Topics: Frugoni, Carlo Innocenzo, 1692-1768, Parma (Italy) -- Intellectual life
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by Pellizzari, Achille, 1882-
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"Bibliografia": p. [41]-95
Topics: Capuana, Luigi, 1839-1915, Capuana, Luigi, 1839-1915
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by Pirandello, Luigi, 1867-1936
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by Guicciardini, Francesco, 1483-1540; Gherardi, Alessandro
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Topic: Tuccio, Stefano
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by Pascal, Carlo, 1866-1926
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Topics: Horace, Latin poetry -- History and criticism
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by Novelli, Ermete, 1851-1919
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Topic: Actors -- Italy Biography
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by Croce, Benedetto, 1866-1952
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Ser. 1 pt. 1-2. - Pagine di letteratura e di cultura.- Ser. 2. - Pagine sulla guerra.- Ser. 3. - Memorie, schizzi biografici e appunti storici
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Includes bibliographical references
Topics: Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321, Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321, Virgil
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by Milanesi, Guido
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by Locchi, Vittorio
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by Beltrami, Luca, 1854-1933
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Topics: Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519, Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519
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by Neera, 1846-1918
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by Pirandello, Luigi, 1867-1936
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by Manzoni, Alessandro, 1785-1873; Bertoldi, Alfonso, 1861-
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by Manzoni, Alessandro, 1785-1873; Cojazzi, Antonio, b. 1880
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Topics: Catholic Church, Christian ethics
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by Bongiovanni, Giannetto, 1890-; Castiglione, Baldassarre, conte, 1478-1529
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Topic: Castiglione, Baldassarre, conte, 1478-1529
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A revival of the periodical Antologia, pub. in Florence, 1821-32
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by Sainati, Augusto
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Vol. 1. Il Pontano e Catullo; Michele Marullo poeta; La lirica Latina di Iacopo Sannazaro
Topic: Latin poetry, Mediaeval
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by Vassallo, Luigi Arnaldo, 1852-1906
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A revival of the periodical Antologia, pub. in Florence, 1821-32
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A revival of the periodical Antologia, pub. in Florence, 1821-32
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by Prezzolini, Giuseppe, 1882-
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by Aloisio, Nicola d', 1885-
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Topic: Martini, Fausto Maria, 1886-1931
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Topic: Leopardi, Giacomo, 1798-1837
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by Pirandello, Luigi, 1867-1936
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by Guicciardini, Francesco, 1483-1540; Gherardi, Alessandro
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by Frattini, Angelo, 1896-
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Topic: Negri, Ada, 1870-1945
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by Scherillo, Michele, 1860-1930
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Topic: Italian literature
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by Ricci, Corrado, 1858-1934
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Topics: Sforza, Ginevra, d. 1507, Borgia, Girolamo, fl. 1503-1547, Felicini, Giuseppe Maria, conte,...
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by D'Annunzio, Gabriele, 1863-1938
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Topic: Treaty of Versailles (1919)
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by Papini, Giovanni, 1881-1956
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Topic: Carducci, Giosuè, 1835-1907
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by Prato, Giuseppe, 1873-1928
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Includes bibliographical references
Topics: Land reform -- Italy, Land tenure -- Italy, Agriculture -- Economic aspects Italy
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Topic: Italian literature
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Topics: Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374, Humanism
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Topic: Manso, Giovanni Battista, 1561-1645
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by Oriani, Alfredo, 1852-1909
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by Prezzolini, Giuseppe, 1882-
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Topic: Education
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by Tozzi, Federigo, 1883-1920
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by Rovetta, Gerolamo, 1854-1910
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by Di Giacomo, Salvatore, 1860-1934
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Topics: Finance -- Italy, Taxation -- Italy
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by Benelli, Sem, 1877-1949
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by Serra, Renato, 1884-1915
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Vol. 1. Giovanni Pascoli. Antonio Betramelli. Carducci e Croce.- Vol. 2. Carducciana. Pascoliana
Topics: Beltramelli, Antonio, Carducci, Giosuè, 1835-1907, Croce, Benedetto, 1866-1952, Pascoli, Giovanni,...
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Topics: Adriatic question, Europe -- Politics and government 1918-1933, Italy -- Foreign relations...
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Bibliographical footnotes
Topics: Jansenists, Italian literature
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by Insinga, Arturo
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Topic: Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564
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by D'Annunzio, Gabriele, 1863-1938
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by Jahier, Piero
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