Russell Books, Victoria

(4.7/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
Canada's largest new and used book store Russell Books is an absolute must for book lovers everywhere. Trade, sell, or buy your books in this mammoth store, a labyrinth of the printed word that requires hours to fully explore. A lively calendar of book signings, readings and clubs gives this place a pleasant, communal atmosphere and the friendly, helpful staff will aim to find whatever takes your fancy. A visit to Russell Books represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Victoria vacation generator to plot your vacation.
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  • I asked for a book on backgammon from 1974 by Bruce Becker. They didn't have it, but asked if I would like a call when one came in. I said, "Okay, why not?"...but I really wasn't expecting them to fol...  more »
  • I love going to Russells every chance I get! There's multiple stories filled with books from the floor, up to the ceiling. Priced are extremely reasonable and the staff are all very competent book lov...  more »
  • I used to be a book seller, so trust me when I say that Russell's is a great bookstore. Loads of selection and staffed not just by people who need some hours and a paycheck, but by people who love to ...  more »
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  • This is the most amazing bookstore I have ever been to. I always bring people here when they visit Victoria- on return trips they request it. The staff are great and the selection is incredible!
  • Best damn book store you are going to find. It took them a while to modernize their system to be digital but now that it is... WHOA. The staff are amazing and the owners are super friendly, community minded people.
  • Great store! Their sister store 'Books on View' is also amazing with a great selection of all the books you never knew you wanted!
  • Best used bookstore in Victoria without a doubt, with great staff and great selection. There's so much volume, they need 3 large floors to display it. I'd like to have offered 5 stars, but my one hesitation to do so stemmed from the simple fact that the only one book I found from my extensive used-bookstore-wishlist was priced too high for my liking. Too often, I'm afraid, some used bookstores get big simply because their prices are so prohibitively high that people buy less.
  • Spent 20 minutes in the store the other day. I was greeted by staff 5 times. That is an interruption once every 4 minutes. I think they have a great selection of books. I did not have a chance to look around much because the staff kept greeting me. I managed to find something to purchase in my 4 minute window but when I took it to the cashier the friendly demeanor had vanished. It kind of made me feel that once Russell Books had my money they were no longer interested in me. :-(