Russell Books
Russell Books
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Russell Books offers Canada's largest selection of used books. With over 20, 000 square feet filled floor to ceiling with books, we offer great deals on everything from vintage books to today's bestsellers. Come check out our amazing selection of used books, discounted new books, and the latest bestsellers and new releases in our new home 747 Fort Street
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Christophe B
Quebec City, Canada806 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Solo
My ABSOLUTE favorite bookstore in Victoria... the inventory is 80% used... which make for great selections and good finds.
Written 1 June 2024
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Diane B
Richardson, TX76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Best bookstore I’ve found in BC! This store is similar to the flagship Half Price Books in Dallas, Texas or Book People in Austin. Huge selection and mix of used and new at very reasonable prices. It’s close to a lot of other attractions in Victoria so add it to your itinerary if you’re a book lover visiting from the mainland.
Written 27 May 2024
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Tracy
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
I think this store might be haunted, which made my visit extra special! Within apporox 30 minutes, on three occasions in three separate sections (but all on the lower floor) books popped off the shelf and landed at my feet. It's difficult to explain, but they didn't simply slide off, they popped off, as though pushed, and without my having touched them. One landed between another person and me, and we both looked at each other confused. I eventually saw a forth book pop off the shelf and a staff member stopped to pick it up and I told her what I had seen. She said I wasn't the first person to tell them that, and that staff regularly saw this occur when the store was closed.

I'm not sure if I believe in ghosts, but I found the possibility of one helping with my reading selection really added to my experience at this wonderful store! I can't wait until I can return to see if it happens again!
Written 27 November 2023
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada14,357 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Russell Books has been a staple in downtown Victoria ever since their first location opened in 1991. Known for their treasure trove of used and rare books, one could easily spend a couple of hours in here browsing the stacks – it’s a great way to escape the stressful world in which we currently live: Pandemics, unprecedented weather systems, and social unrest. Books offer a momentary respite from all the hurly burly . . . and it’s much needed!

I hadn’t been to Russell Books for a solid 7 years – well before they moved across the street to their current location (2019). While I have fond memories of ambling about the narrow stacks of the former location, I must give many a kudo to this new space: It’s significantly larger (by 6,000 square feet, in fact) and far more accessible with wider aisles, escalator and an elevator. The layout is attractive and makes navigating the busy bookshelves a lot easier.

Besides the impressive selection on offer, I especially enjoyed looking at Russell Books’ special collection of old books on their main floor. Seeing a book published in 1617 on display was pretty crazy! Even if I had the funds to purchase such a book, I’d probably be scared to open it!

Anyway, while we might lament the narrow and crowded stacks of old, the “new” Russell Books remains as impressive as ever. With the greatly expanded space, there’s ample room for even more books, making this independent bookstore a “must visit” for any bibliophile!
Written 28 December 2022
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TravelingAmos
New Jersey699 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
One of our favorite things to do after going out for dinner is visiting a bookstore. We ate at Fishhook nearby and came here afterwards. It is an attractive store with two floors and a large collection. You could easily spend an hour plus here.
Written 18 September 2021
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Jessipher S
Sidney, Canada49 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
I've been going to Russell Books for years. For a long time, Russell Books was an oasis for me, and perusing the packed shelves, looking through the stacks on the floor, meandering down the endless aisles of wooden shelving...all of it was a joy. Trade value given for used books about a decade ago or so was pretty fair in my view, and it was fun to trade with the store. I miss those days.
Unfortunately, over time (as with all things, really), Russell Books changed. In my view, and I say it with a heavy heart, it has lost much of its heart and its quaint appeal. The new store, while impressive on many counts, still ends up feeling more like a Chapters than the wonderful maze of literary treasures it used to be. Though the store itself is larger, the selection seems to have gone down; presumably, this probably has something to do with the endlessly omnipresent nature of the effects of the Covid pandemic, and its subsequent effects on book trading, etc. That said, many of the books seem to be simply overstock rather than old treasures, and the chance of coming across a really unique copy of a book seems less and less.
When trading was still allowed, trade value had seemingly gone down...way, way down. So much so, in fact, that I stopped trading in altogether, by and large.
Regardless, I really feel disheartened over the place. It used to be a treasure trove, a place to surprise oneself by finding hidden gems, a place where one could really dig in their search for a title. Now, it feels so Chapters-like that little differentiates it for me anymore from a regular bookstore (though, thankfully, it is not like Indigo!!).
Still, Russell Books is an amazing store to visit if you love books, and it is (as far as I know) one of the largest of its type. It's a place for book lovers, through and through. It just seems to have lost some of its heart and its classical appeal. Perhaps this is simply indicative of the times, perhaps its just a simple case of expansion and progress. That said, I'll always miss Russell Books the way it used to be. Nothing could compare to it, and nothing (not even the new store as it is now) will probably ever compare to it.
Written 9 March 2021
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Hello Jessipher, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We really value input from our community and that is why we worked so hard to find a space that is larger and provides accessibility for everyone. Although many of us miss the quaint narrow aisles, stacks of books lining the floors, the creaky staircases, and books piled to the ceilings, we got complaints every single day about the old store from customers and staff alike. We are trying to maintain the same values and traditions that Russell Books was built on 60 years ago by my Grandfather and we are working hard on improving every aspect of our business to help it stay viable for the next 60 years and beyond. We hope you will visit us again once the pandemic is over and we have all of our hardworking staff back with us and are able to present you with everything you need to give us a five star review once again. Our new store is bright and airy and clean and almost twice the size of the old store. It allows the elderly and those in a wheelchair or in a baby carriage access to all of it thanks to the elevator and escalators. It might surprise you to know every section has either the same or greater representation in our new location. We have widened the aisles and now have a 10,000 sq foot warehouse nearby keeping our extra stock off the floor and easily findable thanks to our completely computerised inventory.
Written 18 March 2021
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l0lee123
Vancouver, Canada23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
A local said Russell Books was his favourite book store in Victoria. As lover of books, my travelling companion and I had plans to go to Munro's (which we did) but we also made sure to visit here. It didn't disappoint! Russell Books have a nice collection of collectables and used books, as well as new ones. They're all shelved together, so there's a great chance the book you find might well be used and reasonably priced (which is what happened to both of us on our visit). We spent a lovely amount of time browsing and came away with some great finds - and collectables. Highly recommend coming here and it's become top of our list for books in Victoria.
Written 15 August 2020
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Thank you for the lovely review, we are so glad to hear it. Travel safely! We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
Written 16 August 2020
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anaest
Vancouver, Canada1,708 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2020
This is a great find in Victoria. During our one week visit to Victoria we visited this store twice and bought five books in total, I wish i could buy more. I think the books are used hence the price but they are pretty new condition. The books have reviews at the back as to whether it was highly rated or an average read.

The selection was awesome and the staffs knowledgable. The only draw back is most books were fairly “old”, not in the condition but the published dates so if you are looking for latest or more up to date books then may not be such a great choice.

Plan to visit again.
Written 3 August 2020
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Hi there! Thank you for the kind review! The listing on the sticker with, for example, "very good" is referring to the condition of our used books and is not a review of the books themselves. A new book on the other hand would say "new" on the sticker! I hope this clears up any confusion. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit! Travel safely.
Written 8 August 2020
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Wayne F
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The variety, quality and price of books available at this store is incredible! The new location (across the street from the former location) provides superior access compared to the previous location.
Written 5 March 2020
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Thank you for your review! We are so glad you love our new location as much as we do; we are thrilled to be able to provide more accessible books to our community!
Written 19 June 2020
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Santa B
Victoria, Canada26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Spending time in Russell books is one of my top things to do in Victoria! Great for solo, families, kids. Knowledgeable staff and great selection of books.
Written 21 February 2020
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Thank you for your review! We try to make our store as welcoming and inviting as possible to all kinds of book enthusiasts, whether they're antiquarian collectors or just beginning upon their journeys in reading! We look forward to seeing you on your next visit!
Written 28 February 2020
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