Russell Books, Victoria

(4.7/5 based on 260+ 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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  • If you are in downtown Victoria do visit Russel books in Fort Street. They buy and sell all sorts of books. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Only disadvantage is the shop is in rwo levels and ...  more »
  • Russell Books is one of my favorites. With so much variety and books you can't find anywhere else this is the place to go. I have spent many hours here. It's great that it's downtown as I like to shop...  more »
  • I adore this bookstore! It has a large main street level, another huge floor up a steep flight of stairs which is accessed from the street, and a bottom level with the best books of all; antiquarian! ...  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. :-(