Russell Books, Victoria

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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. To visit Russell Books on your trip to Victoria, use our Victoria itinerary builder site .
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  • Russell Books is such a unique bookstore that has just about every book you could imagine. Enjoy the bottom or top floors and the staff there are just full of information and help.  more »
  • The selection of old books downstairs is amazing. Beautiful--and not all expensive. Check out the children's area for some nostalgia-inducing titles.  more »
  • Located on Fort street just 100 meters east of Douglas on the north side is the main Russel Book location. There is another sister location but this is the main one with street level and upper floors....  more »
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  • Russell Books isn't just a shop - it's an experience! If you are a book worm or need a gift for someone who is, check out this fabulous local store (which is actually 3 stores in one!). Floor to ceiling, row after row - it's book heaven! The staff are extremely knowledgeable and friendly, prices are more than reasonable. They've got a huge selection of just about everything and are happy to look something up for you. They've even got an antique book section! Honestly, I can spend so much time here. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. I cannot say enough about how amazing this place is!! Check them out!!
  • Wow amazing selection and cheap prices! They didn't have the book I was looking for but they had a million alternatives. Staff were lovely.
  • Wonderful old local bookstore. Huge selections of Canadiana, art, philosophy and history. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Not a huge kids' area though
  • Russell's is the only way I'm able to sustain my love for books. I've found many favorites there. They have a great fiction section, and an even better non-fiction section. I especially love how the stock never gets stale. I find something new and exciting every time. Bonus: great natural section, with lots of plant guides at wonderful prices.
  • Large selection of new and used books, good store to trade in your used books. You will receive store credit for more books, process is quick, I dropped off 3 boxes and was on my way in 10 minutes.

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