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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 Bank of Commerce in New-York; United States. War Revenue Law of 1918
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"February, 1919."
Topics: World War, 1914-1918, War, Cost of
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Topic: Game protection
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by Leverhulme, William Hesketh Lever, 1st Viscount, 1851-1925; Unwin, Stanley, Sir, 1884-1968
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The six-hour day; Co-partnership; Housing and social welfare; Education and business; Some industrial questions
Topics: Labor and laboring classes -- Dwellings, Hours of labour, World War, 1914-1918 -- Reconstruction,...
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by Love, Albert Gallatin, 1877- comp; United States. Surgeon General's Office; Davenport, Charles Benedict, 1866-1944, joint comp
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Topic: United States. Army
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by National city company; U.S. Federal Reserve Board
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First edition published by the National city bank of New York
Topic: Acceptances
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by Pierson, Harriet Wheeler; U.S. Library of Congress. Catalog Division; Churchill, George Morton, 1874-
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Topics: Cataloging -- Freemasons, Cataloging -- Periodicals
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Topics: State rights, Constitutional law -- United States
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by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey; Adams, Oscar Sherman, 1874-; Department of Commerce
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Serial no. 110
Topic: Map-projection
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by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey; Hawley, Jean Hodgkins, 1887-
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Topic: Drags (Hydrography)
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by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey; Adams, Oscar S. (Oscar Sherman), b. 1874
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Topic: Map projection
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by U.S. Library of Congress. Division of bibliography; Meyer, Herman Henry Bernard, 1864-1937
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Topics: Great Britain. Reconstruction, Ministry of, Reconstruction (1914-1939)
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by U.S. Library of Congress. Division of Manuscripts; Fitzpatrick, John Clement, 1876-1940
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At head of title: Library of Congress
Topics: Washington, George, 1732-1799, Manuscripts
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Topic: Diplomatic and consular service, Ukrainian -- Law and legislation
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Topics: Ukrainians, Ukraine
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Topic: Jacopone, da Todi, 1230-1306
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by United Russia Societies Association, London
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by University of Chicago. Library; Hanson, J. C. M. (James Christian Meinich), 1864-1943; Titsworth, H. A. (Helen Anna); Jacobsen, K. T. (Karl Theodor)
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Topic: Shelflisting
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Topics: Hart House, University of Toronto
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by University of Toronto. School of Engineering Research
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Bulletins no. 1-9, 1919-32 consist of 139 papers after which each paper is issued as separate bulletin and numbered 140-
Topic: Engineering
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by University of Toronto. School of Engineering Research
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Bulletins no. 1-9, 1919-32 consist of 139 papers after which each paper is issued as separate bulletin and numbered 140-
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Bulletins no. 1-9, 1919-32 consist of 139 papers after which each paper is issued as separate bulletin and numbered 140-
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Bulletins no. 1-9, 1919-32 consist of 139 papers after which each paper is issued as separate bulletin and numbered 140-
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Bulletins no. 1-9, 1919-32 consist of 139 papers after which each paper is issued as separate bulletin and numbered 140-
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Bulletins no. 1-9, 1919-32 consist of 139 papers after which each paper is issued as separate bulletin and numbered 140-
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Bulletins no. 1-9, 1919-32 consist of 139 papers after which each paper is issued as separate bulletin and numbered 140-
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by University of Toronto. School of Engineering Research
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Bulletins no. 1-9, 1919-32 consist of 139 papers after which each paper is issued as separate bulletin and numbered 140-
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by University of Toronto. School of Engineering Research
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Bulletins no. 1-9, 1919-32 consist of 139 papers after which each paper is issued as separate bulletin and numbered 140-
Topic: Engineering
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by Usher, Roland G. (Roland Greene), b. 1880
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Includes index
Topic: World War, 1914-1918