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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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1923
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1922
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1921
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1920
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genealogy
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Bible
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World War, 1914-1918
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Catholic Church
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Art
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goethe, johann wolfgang von, 1749-1832
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ontario. legislative assembly
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shakespeare, william, 1564-1616
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r.r. bowker company
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canada. parliament
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by Vatsyayana; Kama Shastra Society of London and Benares
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Topic: Love
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by Ives, Herbert Eugene, 1882-1953
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Topic: Aerial photography
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by Bridgman, George Brant, 1864-1943
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Topic: Anatomy, Artistic
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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...
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by Austen, Jane, 1775-1817
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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
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by Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912
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Superseded by Royal Historical Society. Publications. Camden third series
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Topics: Botany -- Great Britain, Wild flowers -- Great Britain Identification
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Topic: English language -- Synonyms and antonyms
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by Sun-tzu, 6th cent. B.C; Giles, Lionel, 1875-1958
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Topic: Military art and science -- Early works to 1800
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by Fletcher, Banister, 1833-1899; Fletcher, Banister, Sir, 1866-1953
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Topic: Architecture -- History
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Topic: Latin language -- Dictionaries
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Topics: United States -- Genealogy, England -- Emigration and immigration, United States -- Biography,...
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by Burton, William, 1863-; Hobson, R. L. (Robert Lockhart), 1872-1941
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Topic: Pottery -- Marks
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Topics: Palatines -- United States, Huguenots -- New York (State), Salzburgers -- Georgia, Names, Personal...
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by Satow, Ernest Mason, Sir, 1843-1929; Ishibashi, Masakata; Hobart-Hampden, E. M. (Ernest Miles), 1864-; Parlett, Harold G. (Harold George), Sir, 1869-
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Topics: Japanese language -- Dictionaries English, English language -- Dictionaries Japanese
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by Bellows, John, 1831-1902; Bellows, Wiilliam
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Topics: French language -- Dictionaries English, English language -- Dictionaries French
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Topics: Knights and knighthood, Nobility -- Great Britain, Orders of knighthood and chivalry
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by Nesfield, John Collinson
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Part I. Parsing and analysis.- Part II. Composition: Force and propriety of diction.- Part III. Enlargement of vocabulary: Figures of speech.- Part IV. Prose and poetry.- Part V. History of the language
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Topics: English language -- Composition, English language -- Grammar
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Topics: Spanish language, English language
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by Simplified Spelling Society, London
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Topic: Spelling reform -- Periodicals
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by James, William, 1842-1910
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Topic: Psychology
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by Robinson, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1861-1925
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Topics: Hausa language -- Dictionaries English, English language -- Dictionaries Hausa
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by Becker, Sarah Cary; Mora, Federico, 1847-1926
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Topic: Spanish language -- Idioms
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by Yates, William, 1792-1845
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Topic: Urdu language -- Dictionaries English
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by Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Rackham, H. (Harris), 1868-1944; Sutton, E. W. (Edward William), b. 1871
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Topics: Oratory, Rhetoric, Ancient
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by Burke, Bernard, Sir, 1814-1892; Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles, 1871-1928
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Topics: Gentry -- Ireland, Heraldry -- Ireland
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by Robinson, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1861-1925
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Topics: Hausa language -- Dictionaries English, English language -- Dictionaries Hausa
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Topics: Latin language -- Idioms, English language -- Dictionaries Latin
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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 Baudelaire, Charles, 1821-1867; Scott, Cyril, 1879-1970
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Works used in the preparation of this dictionary: p. [lxxvii]-xcvi
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Topic: Egyptian language -- Writing, Hieroglyphic Dictionaries
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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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Topics: Canada. Army. Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1919, World War, 1914-1918 -- Canada
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by Melville, Herman, 1819-1891
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by Casalis, A. (Alfred)
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Topic: English language -- Dictionaries Sotho
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Topic: Tulu language -- Dictionaries
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Topic: Sanskrit language -- Dictionaries English
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Topics: Devon (England) -- History, Devon (England) -- Gazetteers, Devon (England) -- Directories, Exeter...
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Topics: Mahabharata, Puranas -- Dictionaries
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Topics: Sanskrit language -- Dictionaries English, English language -- Dictionaries Sanskrit
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by Vijayarjendrasri, fl. 1890-1900; Dpavijaya, Muni; Yatindravijaya, Muni; Bhpendrasri
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Prakrit and Sanskrit; introductory matter in Hindi
Topic: Prakrit languages
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by Germany. Statutes. Handelsgesetzbuch; Schuster, Alfred Felix
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Translation of Handelsgesetzbuch, 1897
Topic: Commercial law
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by Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892; Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910
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by Unamuno, Miguel de, 1864-1936
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by Ercolani, Libero
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Topics: Italian language -- Dialects Romagna, Italian language -- Dictionaries
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Topics: Quotations, Arabic, Quotations, Persian
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Topic: English language -- Slang Dictionaries
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Topics: Prehistoric peoples, Animism, Mythology, Civilization
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by Lévi, Eliphas, 1810-1875; Waite, Arthur Edward, 1857-1942
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Includes index
Topic: Magic
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Topic: Composition (Art)
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by Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950
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Topic: Holy, The
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by Madan, Arthur Cornwallis, 1846-
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Topic: Swahili language -- Dictionaries English
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Topics: Spanish language, Commerce
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by Guptill, Arthur Leighton, 1891-1956
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Topics: Pencil drawing, Drawing -- Study and teaching, Architectural drawing
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Topic: Kannada language -- Grammar
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Topics: Quotations, Latin, Quotations, Greek
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Topic: India -- Biography
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Topics: Authors, Indic, Book industries and trade, Indic periodicals
Text in Sanskrit and English
Topics: Huguenots -- Great Britain, Huguenots -- Ireland, French -- Ireland
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by Fehlinger, Hans, 1874-
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Bibliography: p. [128]-133
Topics: Primitive societies, Sexual ethics, Sex
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Ceased publication?
Topic: Pennsylvania -- History Sources
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by Spano, Giovanni, 1813-1878
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Topics: Italian language -- Dialects Sardinia Dictionaries, Italian language -- Dictionaries, Proverbs,...
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by Bellows, Henry Adams, 1885-1939
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by Vitruvius Pollio; Morgan, Morris Hicky, 1859-1910
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Topic: Architecture
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Topics: Great Britain. Army, Waterloo, Battle of, Waterloo, Belgium, 1815
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by British Museum. Dept. of Oriental Printed Books and Manuscripts; Barnett, Lionel D. (Lionel David), 1871-1960; Pope, George Uglow, 1820-1908
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Topic: Tamil literature -- Bibliography
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Topics: Registers of births, etc, Maryland -- Census
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by Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900
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First essay: "Good and evil", "Good and bad".--Second essay: "Guilt", "Bad conscience", and the like.--Third essay: What is the meaning of ascetic ideals?--Peoples and countries, tr. by J.M. Kennedy
Topic: Ethics
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Topic: Law reports, digests, etc. -- India