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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 Babur, Emperor of Hindustan, 1483-1530; Beveridge, Annette Susannah, 1842-1929
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"Writings based upon or relating to Babur's": p. l-li
Topics: Jagataic language -- Texts and translations, India -- History, Mogul Empire
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by Melville, Herman, 1819-1891
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Text in Sanskrit and English
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Topic: Ethnology -- Europe
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by Guptill, Arthur Leighton, 1891-1956
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Topics: Pencil drawing, Drawing -- Study and teaching, Architectural drawing
Vol. 1. A-LL.- Vol. 2. M-Z
Topic: Proverbs
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Topics: Japanese language -- Dictionaries, Names, Personal -- Japanese
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by Maceachen, Ewan, 1769-1849
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At head of title, the title of the original edition: Faclair Gaidhlic is Beurla, le Eobhan Mac-eachainn
Topic: Gaelic language
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by MacDougall, John L
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Topic: Inverness (N.S. : County)
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by Weber, Max, 1864-1920
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Topics: Economics, Sociology
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by Rapson, Edward James, 1861-1937
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Topic: India -- History
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Topics: Symbolism -- Dictionaries Italian, Mythology -- Dictionaries Italian
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by Melville, Herman, 1819-1891
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by Jespersen, Otto, 1860-1943
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topic: Language and languages
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by British Museum. Dept. of Oriental Printed Books and Manuscripts; Edwards, Edward, 1870-
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Topics: Persian literature -- Bibliography, Persian language -- Bibliography, Bibliography -- Bibliography...
Vol. 1. A-LL.- Vol. 2. M-Z
Topic: Proverbs
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by Ekwall, Eilert, 1877-1964
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Topics: Names, Geographical -- England Lancashire, English language -- Etymology Names
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by Vijnanananda, Swami, 1868-1938
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Topics: Ethnology -- Sudan, Arabs -- Sudan, Manuscripts -- Sudan, Sudan -- History Sources, Sudan --...
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by Babur, Emperor of Hindustan, 1483-1530; Beveridge, Annette Susannah, 1842-1929
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"Writings based upon or relating to Babur's": p. l-li
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Topics: Jagataic language -- Texts and translations, India -- History, Mogul Empire
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Topics: Indians of North America -- Canada, Indians, Treatment of -- Canada, Indians of North America --...
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by Arnold, Thomas Walker, Sir, 1864-1930; Nicholson, Reynold Alleyne, 1868-1945; Browne, Edward Granville, 1862-1926
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Topic: Oriental philology
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Topic: Buddha and Buddhism
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by Irvine, William, 1840-1911
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Vol. 1. 1707-1720.- Vol. 2. 1719-1739
Topics: India -- History, Mogul Empire
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Topic: Maritime Provinces -- Biography
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by Tilak, Bal Gangadhar, 1856-1920; Ghose, Aurobindo, 1872-1950
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Topic: Tilak, Bal Gangadhar, 1856-1920
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Topics: Education and state, National characteristics, German, Germany -- Politics and government 1806-1815
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"Authorities": pt. 1, v. 1, p. xxii-xxvi
Topic: University of Cambridge
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by Cennini, Cennino, 15th cent; Herringham, Christiana Jane Powell, Lady, d. 1929
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Bibliography : p. 265-266
Topics: Painting -- Technique, Painting, Medieval
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Topic: usain ibn Manr, called al-allj
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by Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946
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Topic: World history
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918
Reprint of 1863 ed., with Sanskrit text omitted
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by Irvine, William, 1840-1911
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Vol. 1. 1707-1720.- Vol. 2. 1719-1739
Topics: India -- History, Mogul Empire
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"Authorities": pt. 1, v. 1, p. xxii-xxvi
Topic: University of Cambridge
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by Ben Cheneb, Mohammed, 1869-1929
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Topic: French language -- Dialects Africa, North
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by Nepos, Cornelius; Cortese, Giacomo, 1859-
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by Vasconcellos, Carolina Michaëlis de, 1851-1925; Vicente, Gil, ca. 1470-ca. 1536; Centro de Estudios Históricos (Spain)
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At head of title: Junta para Ampliación de Estudios e Investigaciones Cientificas. Centro de Estudios Historicos)
Topic: Portuguese drama
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Topic: Archives
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by Zoëga, Geir Tómasson, 1857-1928
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Added t.p.: Icelandic-English dictionary. 2d ed. enlarged
Topic: Icelandic language
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by Newton, Isaac, Sir, 1642-1727
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Topics: Bible, Apocalypse
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by University of Manchester
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"Authorities": pt. 1, v. 1, p. xxii-xxvi
Topic: University of Cambridge
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"Authorities": pt. 1, v. 1, p. xxii-xxvi
Topic: University of Cambridge
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by Fowle, Frank Fuller, 1877-
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Topic: Electric engineering
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by Talley, Thomas Washington
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Topic: Negro songs
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by Centerwall, Sture; Lorents, Yngve Samuel, 1887-
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Vol. [13]: Supplement
Topic: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, Swedish
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by Seiler, Friedrich
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Topic: Proverbs
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by Hutton, J.E
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Bibliography: p. 515-519
Topic: Moravian Church
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by Sullivan, Edmund J. (Edmund Joseph), 1869-1933
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Topic: Graphic arts
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"Authorities": pt. 1, v. 1, p. xxii-xxvi
Topic: University of Cambridge
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Topics: Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542-1587, Babington, Anthony, 1561-1586, Great Britain -- History Elizabeth,...
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by Edmonds, J. E. (James Edward), Sir, 1861-1956
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Includes bibliography
Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns Western Front
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by Brown, C. J
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Bibliography: p. [110]-112
Topic: Numismatics -- India
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Topic: Spanish language -- Dialects Spain Santander (Province)
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by Orpheus; Kern, Otto, 1863-
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by Sylvania, Lena E. V. (Lena Evelyn Vincent), b. 1882
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Topic: Zayas y Sotomayor, María de, 1590-1650
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by Atkins, J. W. H. (John William Hey), 1874-1951; Guildford, Nicholas de, fl. 1250, supposed author
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by Banffshire (Scotland); Grant, James, 1865-1919
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Topic: Banffshire (Scotland) -- History
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by Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo; Hitchcock, F. R. Montgomery (Francis Ryan Montgomery), 1867-1951
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Topics: Kingdom of God, Apologetics -- History Early church, ca. 30-600
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Topic: United States -- Biography
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by Vimalananda Svami; Woodroffe, John George, Sir, 1865-1936
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Topic: Italian literature
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by Altrocchi, Rudolph, 1882-
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Topic: D'Annunzio, Gabriele, 1863-1938
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by Erkenwald, Saint, ca. 630-ca. 693; Gollancz, Israel, Sir, 1864-1930
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by Hellquist, Elof, 1864-
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Topic: Swedish language
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by Molnár, Ferenc, 1878-1952; Glazer, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Floyer), 1887-1958
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Bibliography: p. [373]-383
Topics: Hallmarks, Plate
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by Low, David Halyburton
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"Bibliography": p. [187]-191
Topics: Marko, Prince of Serbia, 1335?-1394, Ballads -- Collections
Topics: Thoth (Egyptian deity), Egypt -- Religion
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by Moore, G. E. (George Edward), 1873-1958; Grube, G. M. A. (George Maximilian Anthony) (autograph)
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Fisher Walsh copy: With the autograph of G.M.A. Grube, 1927
Topic: Ethics