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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 Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851
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With: Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus / by the author of The last man, Perkin Warbeck, &c. &c. London : H. Colburn and R. Bentley, 1831
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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Topics: Berwick-upon-Tweed (England), Durham (England : County) -- History, Newcastle upon Tyne (England),...
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Topics: Folklore -- Malay, Magic, Malay
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by Dames, Mansel Longworth, 1850-1922
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I. Introduction. Translations, with explanatory notes. - II. Balochi texts
Topics: Folklore, Baluchi, Baluchi language -- Texts
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by Society of Genealogists; Sherwood, George F. T. (George Frederick Tudor), b. 1867
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Topics: Genealogy -- Periodicals, genealogy
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by Society of Genealogists; Sherwood, George F. T. (George Frederick Tudor), b. 1867
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Topics: Genealogy -- Periodicals, genealogy
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by Phillimore, William Phillimore Watts, 1853-1913; Ruston-Harrison, C. W
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Cumberland, genealogy
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topic: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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by Gollancz, Israel, Sir, 1864-1930; Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936; Rowley, Frank (association)
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RBSC copy: Editor's presentation copy to Frank Rowley
Topics: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 1916
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by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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by Estcourt, Edgar Edmund, 1816-1884; Great Britain. Commissioners and Trustees for the Forfeited Estates; Great Britain. Public Record Office; Payne, John Orlebar, 1836-1911
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Topics: Catholics -- England, Catholic nonjurors -- England, Great Britain -- History George I, 1714-1727...
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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"Authorities": pt. 1, v. 1, p. xxii-xxvi
Topic: University of Cambridge
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vol. 1. 1630-1634
Topic: Wills
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Topics: Ayrshire (Scotland), Ayrshire (Scotland) -- Genealogy, genealogy
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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"Authorities": pt. 1, v. 1, p. xxii-xxvi
Topic: University of Cambridge
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by Abram, William Alexander, 1835-1894
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Topic: Blackburn (England) -- History
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Topics: Folk songs, English, Folklore -- England, England -- Folklore
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Topic: Wharfedale, Eng
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc
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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 Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne
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Topics: Archaeology -- Societies, etc, Great Britain -- Antiquities Societies, etc, Northumberland...
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by Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
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Some vols. issued in combined form
Topic: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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Topics: Legends -- Scotland Argyllshire, Argyllshire (Scotland) -- Antiquities
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by Pindar; Sandys, John Edwin, Sir, 1844-1922
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Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, genealogy
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Topics: Leeds (England) -- History, Leeds (England) -- Genealogy, Yorkshire (England) -- History
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by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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"Authorities": pt. 1, v. 1, p. xxii-xxvi
Topic: University of Cambridge
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Topics: Whalley, Eng. (Parish), Parish of Cartmell, Eng
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Continued by Joseph Foster's Oxford men & their colleges, and his Oxford men, 1880-1892
Topics: University of Oxford, University of Oxford, University of Oxford
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by Lemon, Mark, 1809-1870, ed; Mayhew, Henry, 1812-1887, ed; Taylor, Tom, 1817-1880, ed; Brooks, Shirley, 1815-1874, ed; Burnand, F. C. (Francis Cowley), Sir, 1836-1917, ed; Seaman, Owen, Sir, 1861-1936, ed
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Topic: English wit and humor
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by Lemon, Mark, 1809-1870 ed; Mayhew, Henry, 1812-1887, ed; Taylor, Tom, 1817-1880, ed; Brooks, Shirley, 1815-1874 ed; Burnand, F. C. (Francis Cowley), Sir, 1836-1917, ed; Seaman, Owen, Sir, 1861-1936, ed
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by Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
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Topics: Ayrshire (Scotland), Ayrshire (Scotland) -- Genealogy, genealogy
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by Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
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ROBA copy: Pages [3]-18 (2nd group) in duplicate
Topics: Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds (England) -- Directories
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by Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
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"Authorities": pt. 1, v. 1, p. xxii-xxvi
Topic: University of Cambridge
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Absorbed American homes and gardens Oct. 1915; Living for young homemakers, Jan. 1962
Topics: Architecture, Domestic -- Periodicals, Landscape architecture -- Periodicals
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"Authorities": pt. 1, v. 1, p. xxii-xxvi
Topic: University of Cambridge
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by Rickert, Edith, 1871-1938
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Topics: Carols, English, Illumination of books and manuscripts -- Specimens, reproductions, etc
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Topics: Great Britain. Army, Great Britain. Army
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"Authorities": pt. 1, v. 1, p. xxii-xxvi
Topic: University of Cambridge
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Topics: England -- Ecclesiastical history, genealogy
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by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
Continued by Joseph Foster's Oxford men & their colleges, and his Oxford men, 1880-1892
Topics: University of Oxford, University of Oxford, University of Oxford
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"Authorities": pt. 1, v. 1, p. xxii-xxvi
Topic: University of Cambridge
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Vols. 1-[145] Nov. 1849-1923, called ser. [1]-13 (ser. 1-12 in 12 v. each, ser. 13 in 1 v.)
Topic: Questions and answers -- Periodicals
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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by Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
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Bibliographical footnotes
Topics: Great Britain -- History Plantagenets, 1154-1399 Sources, Scotland -- History Sources, England --...
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by Lemon, Mark, 1809-1870 ed; Mayhew, Henry, 1812-1887, ed; Taylor, Tom, 1817-1880, ed; Brooks, Shirley, 1815-1874 ed; Burnand, F. C. (Francis Cowley), Sir, 1836-1917, ed; Seaman, Owen, Sir, 1861-1936, ed
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Topic: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
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Topics: England -- Ecclesiastical history, genealogy