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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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Northrup Cairo Documents
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Dec 6, 2019
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Northrup Cairo Documents (collection and individual metadata will be added/adjusted post-digitization).
Pratesi Collection
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Apr 24, 2019
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Tamil Collection, University of Toronto
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Mar 21, 2019
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Tamil Collection, University of Toronto
Jun 22, 2016
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The collection consists mostly of Persian-language newspaper clippings, journal articles, tracts, brochures, bulletins, and internal administrative documents referencing the Islamic Cultural Revolution, which took place from 1980-1987. The Islamic Cultural Revolution was carried out in the years immediately following the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 and involved the closing of universities from 1980-1983. The goal of the Islamic Cultural Revolution was to Islamize...
The Paul Robert Magocsi Carpatho-Ruthenica Library
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587
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137,261
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Jan 7, 2016
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This private library collection consists of over 20,000 books and serials dating from the 17th century to the present that deal with the history, language, and culture of Carpatho-Rusyns in all regions where they reside in the European homeland as well as in the diaspora (especially the United States and Canada). Studies about other peoples who have interacted with Carpatho-Rusyns in their homeland are well represented--Magyars, Jews, Slovaks, Germans, Roma, and Czechs among others. The...
American Book Publishing Record
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430
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20,940
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Mar 21, 2011
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