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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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Topics: League of Nations, Treaty of Versailles (1919)
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918
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by Berkman, Alexander, 1870-1936; Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940
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Topics: Anarchism and anarchists -- United States, Communism, Deportation
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by Blasco Ibáñez, Vicente, 1867-1928; Goldberg, Isaac, 1887-1938
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Luna Benamor, a novel; The toad; Compassion; Luxury; Rabies; The windfall; The last lion
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by Branford, Victor, 1864-; Geddes, Patrick, 1854-
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Topic: England -- Social conditions 20th century
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by Edwards, Matilda Barbara Betham, 1836-1919; Grand, Sarah
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Topics: Edwards, Matilda Barbara Betham-, 1836-1919, Authors -- Correspondence
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by Fairbanks, Charles Bullard, 1827-1859; Garrity, Henry
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Topic: Europe -- Description and travel
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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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by Gale, Zona, 1874-1938
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Topic: Aetna Life Insurance Company
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Topic: Immortality
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by Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933
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by Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933
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by Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933
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by Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933
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by Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933
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by Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948
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Topic: India -- Politics and government
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by Gantt, Henry Laurence, 1861-1919
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Topics: Cost and standard of living, Efficiency, Industrial, Wages
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by Gardner, Charles, 1874-
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Topic: Blake, William, 1757-1827
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by Garstin, Crosbie, 1887-1930
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Fiction
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by Garton Foundation, London
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- England, England -- Economic conditions 20th century
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by Garver, Frederic Benjamin, 1884-
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Thesis, Ph.D. Univ. of Chicago
Topic: Grants-in-aid
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Topics: League of Nations, Reconstruction (1914-1939), World War, 1914-1918 -- Peace, World War, 1914-1918...
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by Gaskell, Thomas Penn
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Topics: Tariff, Free trade and protection
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by Gauguin, Paul, 1848-1903
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Topic: Tahiti
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Topic: Clynes, John Robert, 1869-
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by George, Walter Lionel, 1882-1926
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Topics: Administrative law, India -- Politics and government
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by Gibbon, John Murray, 1875-1952
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by Gibbon, John Murray, 1875-1952
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Prisoners and prisons, German, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives,...
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by Gibbs, Philip, 1877-1962
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918
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by Gibbs, Philip, 1877-1962
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918
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by Gibson, Thomas, 1868-
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Topic: Investments
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by Gilbert, Allan H., 1888-
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Topics: Milton, John, 1608-1674, Names, Geographical
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Topic: Occupations
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by Glasgow, Ellen Anderson Gholson, 1873-1945
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by Glenconner, Pamela, 1871-1928
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Topics: Tennant, Edward Wyndham, 1897-1916, World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, English
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by Goddard, Henry Herbert, 1866-
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Topics: Psychology, Educational, Feeblemindedness
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by Godrycz, John A., 1873-1923
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Topic: Catholic Church
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by Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832; Zahul, Dmytro, 1890-
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by Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832; Zahul, Dmytro, 1890-1944
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by Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832; Eckermann, Johann Peter, 1792-1854; Oxenford, John, 1812-1877; Lawrence, William Witherle, 1876-
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Topics: Drama -- History and criticism, Theater
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by Goldoni, Carlo, 1707-1793; Chatfield-Taylor, Hobart Chatfield, 1865-1945; Van Steenderen, Frederic Cornelius Leonard, 1864-
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Topics: Drama -- Technique, Theater -- Italy
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by Gollancz, Victor, 1893-1967
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Topics: Education, England -- Education
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by Good, James Winder
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Topics: Ulster, Ireland, Home rule -- Ireland, Ireland -- Politics and government
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by Goodman, Paul, 1875-
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Topic: New York (State) -- History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
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by Gordon, Alexander Reid, 1872-1930
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Topics: Isaiah (Biblical prophet), Bible
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Topics: Architecture, Domestic -- England, Interior decoration -- England
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by Gould, Gerald, 1885-1936
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Topics: Canada. Army. 102d Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canada. Army. 102d Canadian Infantry Battalion,...
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by Graham, Stephen, 1884-
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives
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by Grande Prairie (Alta.). Board of Trade
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Topics: Grande Prairie (Alta.), Peace River District (Alta. and B.C.)
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by Grant, Elihu, 1873-1942
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Topic: Akkadian language
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by Graves, Charles L. (Charles Larcom), 1856-1944
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Humor, caricatures, etc
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by Graves, Robert, 1895-
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Poetry
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Economic aspects Great Britain, Industrial policy -- Great Britain
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Topic: Hadrianus, Emperor of Rome, 76-138
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by Great Britain Parliament. House of Commons. Select Committee on the High Price of Gold Bullion; Cannan, Edwin, 1861-1835
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Topics: Currency question -- Great Britain, Gold, Foreign exchange
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by Great Britain. Coal industry commission; Sankey, John Sankey, Viscount, 1866-1948
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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
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by Great Britain. Coal industry commission; Sankey, John Sankey, Viscount, 1866-1948
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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
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by Great Britain. India Office; Foster, William, Sir, 1863-1951
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Topic: East India Company
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by Great Britain. Naval Intelligence Division
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Topic: Turkey
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by Green, John Alfred, 1867-
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Topic: Teaching
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Topics: Irish literature -- Translations into English, English literature -- Translations from Irish
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Topics: Beyens, Eugène-Napoléon, baron, 1855-1934, World War, 1914-1918 -- Causes, World War, 1914-1918...
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by Grelling, Richard, 1853-1929; Beyens, Eugène-Napoléon, baron, 1855-1934
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Causes, World War, 1914-1918 -- Diplomatic history
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by Grenfell, Wilfred Thomason, Sir, 1865-1940
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by Grenfell, Wilfred Thomason, Sir, 1865-1940
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Topic: Labrador -- Social and economic conditions
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by Grice, Ettalene Mears
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Topic: Akkadian language -- Texts
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Topic: Akkadian language -- Texts
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by Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863; Grimm, Wilhelm, 1786-1859; Truba, I
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From the library of John Luczkiw