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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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Apr 2, 2020 Trollope, Anthony, 1815-1882
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Topics: Books -- Prices, Rare books
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Topics: India -- Civilization, India -- Social life and customs
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Jan 30, 2020 Paine, Ralph Delahaye, 1871-1925
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Topics: Shipwrecks, Adventure and adventurers
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Topics: Authors, Indic, Book industries and trade, Indic periodicals
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Dec 30, 2019
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Title varies: 1817-1915, Blackwood's Edinburgh magazine
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Dec 22, 2019
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Dec 22, 2019
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Dec 22, 2019
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Dec 12, 2019 Bellows, John, 1831-1902; Bellows, Wiilliam
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Topics: French language -- Dictionaries English, English language -- Dictionaries French
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Dec 11, 2019 Nahid, Haim
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Dec 6, 2019 Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870
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Pt. 1. Hélène de Chaverny
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Topics: Orléans, Philippe, duc d', 1674-1723, France -- History Regency, 1715-1723 Fiction
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Dec 1, 2019 Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, American
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Nov 15, 2019 Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo; Watts, William, 1590?-1649
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Includes bibliography
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Topic: Theology
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Oct 31, 2019 Hannay, David, 1853-1934
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Topic: Great Britain Navy -- History
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Oct 31, 2019 Gibbon, Edward, 1737-1794; Bury, J. B. (John Bagnell), 1861-1927
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Topics: Rome -- History Empire, 30 B.C.-476 A.D, Byzantine Empire -- History
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Oct 24, 2019 Gibson, Edgar C. S. (Edgar Charles Sumner), 1848-1924
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Oct 14, 2019 Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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Oct 3, 2019 Harvard University; Harvard University. Division of Modern Languages
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Title varies: v. 1-13, Studies and notes in philology and literature
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Topics: Philology, Modern -- Collections, Literature, Modern -- History & criticism Collections
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Jul 12, 2019 Clutton-Brock, A. (Arthur), 1868-1924
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Topics: Christianity, Kingdom of God
v. 1. Genesis to Esther.--v. 2. Job to the minor prophets.--v. 3. St. Matthew to Revelation. Apocrypha
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Topic: Arabic literature
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Vols. 23-120 also called new ser., v. 1-[98]
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Feb 11, 2019 Guillaume, Gustave, 1883-1960
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Topic: French language -- Article
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Topics: Essex County (Mass.) -- History Periodicals, Essex County (Mass.) -- Genealogy
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Nov 16, 2018
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Title varies: pts. 64-273, The Times history and encyclopaedia of the war
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Topics: Times history of the war, Times history and encyclopaedia of the war, World War, 1914-1918 --...
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Oct 9, 2018 Vatsyayana; Kama Shastra Society of London and Benares
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Topic: Love
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Oct 2, 2018 Early English Text Society
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Absorbed its Extra series after no. 126, 1920 [i.e. 1935]
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Sep 14, 2018 Ercolani, Libero
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Topics: Italian language -- Dialects Romagna, Italian language -- Dictionaries
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Sep 10, 2018 Società italiana di archeologia e storia dell'arte, Rome
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Publication suspended 1916-18
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Topics: Art, Ancient -- Periodicals, Archaeology -- Periodicals
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Sep 5, 2018 Austen, Jane, 1775-1817
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Sep 3, 2018 Stephen, Leslie, Sir, 1832-1904
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Topic: Great Britain -- Biography
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Jul 2, 2018 Moulton, James Hope, 1863-1917; Milligan, George, 1860-1934
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Topic: Greek language, Biblical -- Glossaries, vocabularies, etc
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Topic: Japanese language -- Dictionaries
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Mar 11, 2018
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Vols. for 1898-1912/13 lack numbering
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Mar 9, 2018 Dickins, Bruce, b. 1889; Amapá (Brazil : Territory). Departamento de Orçamento; Hildebrandslied
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"Bibliography of the Runic poems": p. 9-11 ; "Bibliography of the heroic poems" (Waldhere, the Finn fragment, Deor, Hildebrand): p. [50]-55 ; "General bibliography": p. [86]-91
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Topics: Heldensage, Runes
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Jan 29, 2018 Kenyon, Frederic G. (Frederic George), Sir, 1863-1952
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Topic: Bible
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Jan 25, 2018 Rabelais, François, ca. 1490-1553?; Urquhart, Thomas, Sir, 1611-1660; Motteux, Peter Anthony, 1660-1718
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Jan 24, 2018 Pali Text Society (London, England); Feer, Léon, 1830-1902; Davids, Caroline Augusta (Foley) Rhys, d. 1942
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Jan 24, 2018 Pali Text Society (London, England); Feer, Léon, 1830-1902; Davids, Caroline Augusta (Foley) Rhys, d. 1942
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Topics: Catalan literature, Bookbinding
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Jan 20, 2018 Scott, Hew, 1791-1872; Macdonald, D. F. (Donald Farquhar), 1906-
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Topics: Church of Scotland, Church of Scotland, Scotland -- Biography
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Jan 14, 2018 Melville, Lewis, 1874-1932
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Topic: Gwyn, Eleanor
Annual Departmental Reports of the Dominion of Canada
Dec 13, 2017 Canada. Parliament
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SUPERSEDES SESSIONAL PAPERS, CAI YS S27; SUPERSEDED BY SEPARATELY CODED REPORTS
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Nov 6, 2017 Koch, Alex. (Alexander), 1860-1939
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Vols. for 1897/1898- designated Bd. 1- on volume t.p.; issues for called also
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Topics: Art, Decoration and ornament, Art -- Germany, Decoration and ornament -- Germany
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Nov 1, 2017 Eusebius, of Caesarea, Bishop of Caesarea, ca. 260-ca. 340
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Includes bibliographical references
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Topics: Constantine I, Emperor of Rome, d. 337, Christian literature, Early -- Greek authors
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Oct 30, 2017 Darmesteter, Arsène, 1846-1888
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Topic: Talmud
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Text and t.p. in Sanskrit; introd. in English
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Oct 4, 2017 Compston, Herbert Fuller Bright, 1866-
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Topic: Moabite stone
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Topics: Incunabula, Catalan literature, Printing
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Topics: Royal households -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Politics and government, genealogy
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Topics: Royal households -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Politics and government, genealogy
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Sep 18, 2017 Peterson, Peter, 1847-1899
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pt. 1. Introductory--pt. 2. the seventh mandala of the Rigveda
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Sep 13, 2017 Wylie, James Hamilton, 1844-1914; Waughn, William Templeton, 1884-1932
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Topics: Henry V, King of England, 1387-1422, Great Britain -- History Henry V, 1413-1422, genealogy
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Topics: Battleships, Warships
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Aug 22, 2017 Dähnhardt, Oskar, 1870-1915; Armhaus, V
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Topics: Bible, Tales, Nature (in religion, folk-lore, etc.)
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Jul 24, 2017 Great Britain. Public Record Office; Hume, Martin Andrew Sharp, 1847-1910
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Vol. 1. Elizabeth, 1558-1567 -- Vol. 2. Elizabeth, 1568-1579 -- Vol. 3. Elizabeth, 1580-1586 -- Vol. 4. Elizabeth, 1587-1603
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Topics: Great Britain -- History Elizabeth, 1558-1603 Sources, Great Britain -- Foreign relations Spain,...
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Topic: Jesus Christ
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May 14, 2017 Stead, W. T. (William Thomas), 1849-1912; Fitchett, W. H. (William Henry), 1845-1928
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Topics: World politics -- 19th century, Books -- Reviews Australia
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Apr 21, 2017
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Added title: Schatzkammer der hebräischen Literatur
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Apr 7, 2017 Sboronos, Ioannes N, 1863-1923
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Topics: Numismatics, Greek, Numismatics -- Periodicals
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Apr 4, 2017 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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Topic: Engineering
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La clavicula de Salomón -- Invocaciones, pactos y exorcismos -- El dragón rojo y la cabra infernal -- La gallina negra, escuela de sortilegios -- El gran grimorio o el pacto de sangre ; Candela Mágica para descubrir encantamientos -- Recopilación de la magia caldea y egipcia, filtros, encantamientos, hechicerías y sortilegios
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Topics: Occultism, Witchcraft
SCAR set donated by Professor Peter A. Reich
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Topic: English language
SCAR set donated by Professor Peter A. Reich
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Topic: English language
SCAR set donated by Professor Peter A. Reich
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Topic: English language
SCAR set donated by Professor Peter A. Reich
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Topic: English language
SCAR set donated by Professor Peter A. Reich
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Topic: English language
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SCAR set donated by Professor Peter A. Reich
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Topic: English language
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Topics: Art, Buddhist -- Pakistan Peshawar, Art, Gandhara -- Classical influences, Art, Buddhist --...
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Feb 25, 2017 Somerset Record Society
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Topics: Somerset (England) -- History, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Feb 25, 2017 Somerset Record Society
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Topics: Somerset (England) -- History, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Feb 25, 2017 Somerset Record Society
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Includes Annual report and list of subscribers
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Topics: Somerset (England) -- History, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Feb 2, 2017 Wyllie, William Lionel, 1851-; Owen, Charles; Kirkpatrick, W.D
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Includes index
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations, Jutland, Battle of, 1916