Robarts Common

A major expansion of the University of Toronto’s Robarts Library, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, is taking shape, thanks to a transformational gift from Drs. Russell and Katherine Morrison. The firm Harbridge + Cross Limited is constructing the Robarts Common.

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 2020, we will welcome our 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

January 2019

  • Excavation work will take place during the week of January 14 and the week of January 28. 
  • There will be a delivery of medium to large equipment to the site on January 16. 
  • Work on steel erection will begin in late January or February.
  • The Loading Dock will be closed for the duration of construction, beginning at the commencement of steel erection work. Once it is closed, for safety and security reasons no library staff or users will be able to enter or leave through the Robarts Loading Dock area. The north and south Loading Dock ramps will be hoarded off to prevent entry by vehicles and people. The accessible entrances will continue to be the 1st floor main entrance and the accessibility ramp off of Sussex Avenue.
  • 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.

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