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Gobble up some knowledge. Photos from Wikimedia Commons.

And it’s in Canada.

The University of Toronto’s John P. Robarts Research Library contains 4.8 million books, 4.1 million microforms, and 740,000 “other” items (probably every episode of Degrassi, among other surprises).

Even cooler: it looks exactly like a concrete version of your Thanksgiving dinner.

There’s no denying it, this building looks exactly like the monster from the Power Rangers Thanksgiving Special (if they ever had one). And given that it was built in the ’70s, I was surprised that a Google search didn’t turn up more people talking about what U of T folks call “The Book Fort.” Sure looks like a great place to get lost.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.



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Jason Wire

Jason Wire graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2010 and spent the year after writing and teaching English in Spain. He's back in the states now, but doesn't know where. Follow him @wirejr.

  • Jeff

    Ahaha that’s great. I actually went to school there. Apparently it’s supposed to look like a maple leaf from above, but I just don’t see it. Robarts will forever be a giant turkey to me.

  • Hal Amen

    nice :)

  • Dustin the wind

    haha, this is awesome. Great stuff!

  • Marc Saint-Cyr

    Good ol’ Robarts! I also went to U of T, and I still drop by to do some reading and writing inside its massive concrete bowels every now and then. A lot of people regard it with fear and hostility, but I’ve grown quite attached to it.

  • patmon

    haha this is great!  I just got back from studying there

  • Lori Goddard

    Wait until you get a chance to go inside. The rare book section is stunning. And look up your favorite published thesis.

  • Chenyang Li

    The campus tour guides say the architect was aiming to make the building look like a peacock.

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