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 Reviewed
Creator
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Dec 12, 2019 Bellows, John, 1831-1902; Bellows, Wiilliam
texts
eye 194,485
favorite 14
comment 4
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topics: French language -- Dictionaries English, English language -- Dictionaries French
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Nov 15, 2019 Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo; Watts, William, 1590?-1649
texts
eye 2,358
favorite 1
comment 1
Includes bibliography
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Theology
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Jul 12, 2019 Clutton-Brock, A. (Arthur), 1868-1924
texts
eye 368
favorite 1
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Christianity, Kingdom of God
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Sep 13, 2017 Wylie, James Hamilton, 1844-1914; Waughn, William Templeton, 1884-1932
texts
eye 5,783
favorite 1
comment 1
Includes bibliography
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Henry V, King of England, 1387-1422, Great Britain -- History Henry V, 1413-1422, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Apr 4, 2017 University of Toronto. School of Engineering Research
texts
eye 121
favorite 0
comment 1
Bulletins no. 1-9, 1919-32 consist of 139 papers after which each paper is issued as separate bulletin and numbered 140-
favorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Engineering
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Feb 2, 2017 Wyllie, William Lionel, 1851-; Owen, Charles; Kirkpatrick, W.D
texts
eye 1,716
favorite 1
comment 1
Includes index
( 1 reviews )
Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations, Jutland, Battle of, 1916
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Sep 20, 2016 Macnaughtan, Sarah, d. 1916
texts
eye 512
favorite 1
comment 2
26
( 2 reviews )
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
May 6, 2016 Holme, C. Geoffrey (Charles Geoffrey), 1887-1954; Finberg, Alexander Joseph, 1866-1939
texts
eye 1,677
favorite 5
comment 1
Introduction.- The Turners.- Turner's predecessors.- Turner's contemporaries.- Descriptive catalogue of the exhibition of selected water-colour drawings by artists of the early English school held at Messrs. Thomas Agnew [and] sons' galleries, London, March-April, 1919
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Turner, J. M. W. (Joseph Mallord William), 1775-1851, Painting -- Biography, Watercolor painting,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Apr 3, 2016 Johnston, M. A. B. (Maurice Andrew Brackenreed), 1892-; Yearsley, K.D. (Kenneth Darlaston), 1891-
texts
eye 1,413
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
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Dec 29, 2015 Phelps, William Lyon, 1865-1943
texts
eye 659
favorite 1
comment 1
Reading the Bible.- St. Paul as a letter writer.- Short stories in the Bible
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Bible
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Dec 26, 2015 Custance, Reginald Neville, Sir, 1847-1935
texts
eye 393
favorite 1
comment 1
MUDD Uy39 919C: Author's autograph
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Naval art and science, Naval tactics, Salamis, Battle of, Greece, 480 B.C
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Jul 20, 2015 Freeman, Robert Massie, 1866-
texts
eye 1,251
favorite 0
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Humor, caricatures, etc
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Dec 16, 2014 Wilson, Theodore Percival Cameron, 1888-1918
texts
eye 975
favorite 0
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Poetry
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Jan 3, 2013 Slavici, Ioan, 1848-1925
texts
eye 1,613
favorite 1
comment 1
52
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
May 18, 2011 Rolland, Romain, 1866-1944; Miller, Katherine
texts
eye 1,563
favorite 1
comment 2
26 31
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 5,497
favorite 10
comment 2
26 29 35 37 40 41
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topic: T. Eaton Co
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 23, 2009 Vasu, Srisa Chandra, rai bahadur, 1861-1918
texts
eye 3,794
favorite 4
comment 1
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Hinduism
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Oct 3, 2008 Garstin, Crosbie, 1887-1930
texts
eye 1,054
favorite 0
comment 1
26
favorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Fiction
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Apr 20, 2008 Waley, Arthur; China Society (London, England)
texts
eye 5,027
favorite 3
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Li, Bai, 701-762
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Mar 5, 2008 Smith, Vincent Arthur, 1848-1920; Edwardes, Stephen Meredyth, 1873-1927
texts
eye 22,284
favorite 8
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: India -- History
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Apr 26, 2007 Sellery, George C. (George Clarke), 1872-
texts
eye 2,651
favorite 2
comment 1
26
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Middle Ages -- History Outlines, syllabi, etc, Reformation
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
Apr 12, 2007 Glenconner, Pamela, 1871-1928
texts
eye 4,768
favorite 1
comment 1
26
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Tennant, Edward Wyndham, 1897-1916, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Cheshire, Christopher
texts
eye 1,054
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: Holland, Henry Scott, 1847-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 404
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: Railroads and state -- United States
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Guaranty Trust Company of New York
texts
eye 45
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: Report of the Minister of Public Works
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- White, Bouck, 1874-1951
texts
eye 592
favorite 0
comment 0
52
Topic: Cities and towns
26
Topic: Booth, William, 1829-1912
26
Topic: United States -- Politics and government
26
Topic: League of Red Cross Societies
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Nimmo, David Chalmers
texts
eye 56
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: Annual Report of the Minister of Agriculture
Topic: Census of Industry
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 332
favorite 1
comment 0
Beginning in 1988, English and French titles appear in parallel columns on t.p
Topic: Session laws
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Littell, Philip, 1868-1943
texts
eye 404
favorite 0
comment 0
31 52
Topic: Books and reading
John and Mary A. Yaremko Foundation
- Komyshevatsky, S; Gogol, Nikola Vasilevich, 1809-1852. Noch pered Rozhdenstvom
texts
eye 387
favorite 0
comment 0
Cover title
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928
texts
eye 645
favorite 0
comment 0
26 43
26
Topic: Teaching
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- University of Toronto. School of Engineering Research
texts
eye 24
favorite 0
comment 0
Bulletins no. 1-9, 1919-32 consist of 139 papers after which each paper is issued as separate bulletin and numbered 140-
Topic: Engineering
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Robertson, J. M. (John Mackinnon), 1856-1933
texts
eye 719
favorite 0
comment 0
26 52
Topics: Bolingbroke, Henry St. John, Viscount, 1678-1751, Walpole, Robert, Earl of Orford, 1676-1745, Great...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Wade, Sir Charles
texts
eye 85
favorite 0
comment 0
26
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Young, Francis Brett, 1884-1954
texts
eye 410
favorite 0
comment 0
26
26
Topic: Watson, Charles Moore, (Sir), 1844-1916
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Gibbs, Philip, 1877-1962
texts
eye 723
favorite 0
comment 0
52
Topics: World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Vynnychenko, Volodymyr, 1880-1951
texts
eye 1,420
favorite 0
comment 0
26
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Birmingham, George A., 1865-1950
texts
eye 115
favorite 0
comment 0
26
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923
texts
eye 335
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Democracy, Peace
26
Topic: Estimates
Topic: Estimates
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Robinson, Emma, 1814-1890
texts
eye 1,162
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: Great Britain -- History Charles II, 1660-1685 Fiction
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Maseres, Francis, 1731-1824; Wallace, W. Stewart (William Stewart), 1884-1970
texts
eye 851
favorite 0
comment 0
Includes bibliographical references and index
Topics: Maseres, Francis, 1731-1824, Canada -- History 1763-1791 Sources, Canada -- Politics and government...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Ross, Edward Alsworth, 1866-1951
texts
eye 372
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: United States -- Social conditions
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 1,577
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: Ulster, Ire. -- History
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 1,610
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topic: Housing -- United States
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Nichols, Robert Malise Bowyer, 1893-1944
texts
eye 233
favorite 0
comment 0
52
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Marquis, Don, 1878-1937
texts
eye 332
favorite 0
comment 0
26
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Great Britain. Coal industry commission; Sankey, John Sankey, Viscount, 1866-1948
texts
eye 988
favorite 0
comment 0
I. Reports and minutes of evidence on the first stage of the inquiry.- II. Reports and minutes of evidence on the second stage of the inquiry.- III. Apendices, charts, and indexes
Topics: Coal trade -- Great Britain, Coal miners -- Great Britain
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- De Morgan, William Frend, 1839-1917; De Morgan, Evelyn (Pickering)
texts
eye 793
favorite 0
comment 0
26 35
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Braithwaite, William C. (William Charles), 1862-1922
texts
eye 836
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topic: Society of Friends
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- McCall, Samuel W. (Samuel Walker), 1851-1923
texts
eye 230
favorite 0
comment 0
26
Topics: Citizenship, United States -- Politics and government
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- McFadyen, John Edgar, 1870-1933
texts
eye 1,078
favorite 0
comment 0
26
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Rose, Robert Selden; Bacon, Leonard, jt. tr
texts
eye 333
favorite 0
comment 0
26
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 966
favorite 0
comment 0
26
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Jenison, Elsie Safford, 1894-
texts
eye 1,190
favorite 1
comment 0
Thesis, Ph.D. - Columbia Univ., 1919
Topics: Rome -- Provinces and colonies, Sicily (Italy) -- History
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Vaughan, Agnes Carr
texts
eye 1,485
favorite 6
comment 0
Thesis (PH. D.)--University of Michigan, 1917
Topics: Insanity (Law), Psychische stoornissen, Maatschappij, Griekse oudheid
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937
texts
eye 1,843
favorite 2
comment 0
26
Topics: National characteristics, French, France -- Social life and customs
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Kenyon, Charles Frederick, 1879-1926
texts
eye 1,083
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topics: Caine, Hall, Sir, 1853-1931, Elgar, Edward, 1857-1934, Harris, Frank, 1855-1931, Shaw, Bernard,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Almqvist, C. J. L. (Carl Jonas Love), 1793-1866
texts
eye 445
favorite 0
comment 0
52
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Coolidge, Archibald Cary, 1866-1928; Page-Barbour Foundation
texts
eye 926
favorite 1
comment 0
Includes bibliographical references and index
Topics: Triple Alliance, 1882, Europe -- Politics and government 1871-1918
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Hrushevsky, Mykhalo, 1866-1934
texts
eye 336
favorite 0
comment 0
52
Topic: Khmelnytsky, Bohdan, ca. 1594-1657
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
- Kimhi, David, ca. 1160-ca. 1235; Finch, Rowland George; Box, George Herbert, 1869-1933
texts
eye 1,003
favorite 1
comment 0
26
Topic: Bible