Russell Books, Victoria

Categories: Gift & Specialty Shops, Shopping
Inspirock Rating:
4.8/5 based on 220+ 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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  • This is the only store I have been able to find books by Carol Higgins Clark. The store has a fantastic selection of new and used books. I wish there was a similar store in Vancouver. I go to Victoria...  read more »
  • I could spend days just looking through their massive selection; there's 3 floors (don't miss downstairs, where the older / rare / box set books are kept) of wall to wall, floor to ceiling books. "Use...  read more »
  • New books too. Family-owned business, staff super-friendly and helpful. Light and bright - not dark and cramped, like so many. Upstairs level hundreds of maps and paperbacks. Leave yourself lots of ti...  read more »
  • 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.
  • My favourite bookstore, period. I spent a lot of time in here growing up because of its vast selection, cheap prices, and friendly staff. Whether you're local or visiting, if you love books and reading you have to check it out. I come back every time I'm in town.
  • Very charming space with knowledgeable and dogged staff; I asked for a particular book on a whim and they searched high and low for it, across all sections of the (3 level?) store. Found a 100 year old copy and sold it to me for $10.
  • If you are a book enthusiast young or old, this is a must stop whether you are a resident on Vancouver Island or tourist. I came as a tourist and could have spent the entire day in this store. The prices are so reasonable and they had two very hard to find books that I was able to purchase. The staff were super friendly and helpful as well!
  • Helpful from the moment you walked in! Good selection of books at a great price. Went in looking for a book about hiking Vancouver Island and they had a great selection! All at excellent prices.
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