Robarts Common

A major expansion of the University of Toronto’s Robarts Library, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, is starting to take shape, thanks to a transformational gift from Drs. Russell and Katherine Morrison. We are pleased to announce that the firm Harbridge + Cross Limited will shortly begin construction of the Robarts Common.


The Robarts Common is the signature project of the Robarts renewal initiative, and is one of the most important capital projects on campus today. The five-storey structure will add 1,200 new work and study spaces to Robarts Library. The new building will be flooded with natural light, making the overall environment more inviting, accessible and productive for students. This project is the final step in completing our vision to restore, revitalize and expand Robarts Library as a centre for research and learning.

The revitalization was conceived to provide Robarts Library users with improved facilities which allow them to conduct rigorous research and excel in their studies. The extraordinary philanthropy of Drs. Russell and Katherine Morrison, along with the generosity of over 1,000 individual donors, has allowed us to achieve this goal at last.

In the fall of 2019, we will welcome our incoming students into an inviting new space filled with natural light, ample workspace, comfortable seating and full internet connectivity. During the construction no existing study spaces will be closed and disruption to library users will be kept to a minimum.

Construction updates

Week of December 10

  • Concrete pouring will take place on Thursday, December 13. 
  • A concrete truck may be temporarily parked adjacent to the loading dock on Huron on the north side, but it will primarily be located within the hoarded area adjacent to Huron street. Flag people will be used as necessary for pedestrian/traffic safety.

Week of December 17

  • A steel delivery will take place on Friday, December 21.
  • A mobile crane truck will be located within the hoarded area adjacent to Huron street, hoisting steel off of a flatbed truck parked adjacent to the north site footprint.
  • The loading dock will be closed between 7 am and 1 pm for the safety of building occupants. 
  • Flag people will be used to maintain pedestrian/traffic safety. 

Week of December 24

  • No activity on site

Week of January 1, 2019

  • Very few activities will take place on site the week of January 1, if any.

Week of January 7, 2019

  • Work will being on steel erection the week of January 7. More details will be provided as they become available. 

All work will take place between the hours of 7 am and 4 pm in adherence with City of Toronto noise bylaws.

Please visit this page regularly for updates and important messages about the Robarts Common construction.

Watch construction progress with our Construction Cam! 


Questions? Contact Margaret Wall | Library Administration | | 416-978-1757