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Russell Books

734 Fort St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1H2, Canada
+1 250-361-4447
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'The Best Bookstore in Town'

Situated downtown Victoria, but within walking distance if you travel by boat, seaplane, bicycle or... read more

Reviewed yesterday
555yvettet
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Victoria
Old, New or in Between - Russell has your Book

This is our favorite book store in Victoria. They have lots and lots of books, old, very old, and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ScubaEagle
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Seattle, Washington
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Russell Books, including our sister store, Books on View (located one block away), offers Canada's largest selection of used books. With over 13, 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.
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  • Very good15%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“book store” (64 reviews)
“book lovers” (26 reviews)
“great bookstore” (13 reviews)
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734 Fort St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1H2, Canada
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"great selection of books"
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Reviewed yesterday

Situated downtown Victoria, but within walking distance if you travel by boat, seaplane, bicycle or bus. Car parking is terrible, but that's not the bookstore's fault. There is a massive selection of used and new books at really good prices. The staff are fantastic and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our favorite book store in Victoria. They have lots and lots of books, old, very old, and even new. Stop by and browse and find a good book.

Thank ScubaEagle
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RussellBooks, Owner at Russell Books, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the lovely review!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every time we are in Victoria we make it a habit to come here to buy books. By far one of the best book stores I've been to. The prices are exceptional and they have a wide selection. Great store, if you like books this...More

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RussellBooks, Owner at Russell Books, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your kind words! Hope to see you again during your next visit!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An amazing selection of books - set aside an hour or two for this excellent book store. Rare and unusual books and subject matter can be found here.

Thank hattie778
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RussellBooks, Owner at Russell Books, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the great review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit :)

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Reviewed 4 May 2018

What more does one need to know about a terrific bookstore? Two levels of endless possibilities. A creaky old staircase. Booklovers in every aisle. New stuff, old stuff, weird stuff, popular stuff. Go there.

Thank IanBurk
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RussellBooks, Manager at Russell Books, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Thank you so much for this great review! Hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile

If you love to read, Russell Books has something for you. They have thousands of titles and often several of each title. Be sure to visit all three levels: basement, main, and upstairs. The staff here is absolutely the best. Knowledgeable and helpful. Locally owned...More

2  Thank sgm2010
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RussellBooks, Manager at Russell Books, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2018

What incredibly kind words! Thank you! We are so happy you enjoy your visits. It is always a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful community of book-lovers like yourself. We hope to see you again very soon!

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Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

For our family no visit to Victoria without a trip to Russell's. It is an experience to walk into the main floor or upstairs in the building adjacent. So many books...never enough time. The store is well organized and the staff know the store's contents...More

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RussellBooks, Manager at Russell Books, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

Thank you very much for this great review, Herb! We're glad that you and your family have enjoyed our staff and store and have used our book appraisal counter, too! We hope to see you back here very soon.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

I was recently trying to find a couple of books to replace missing volumes from some a series of novels we enjoyed and lost. Now my mother in law is reading them so the search was on. There is a huge selection and helpful staff...More

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RussellBooks, Manager at Russell Books, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Hello, thanks for these kind words! We're happy to hear that you and your mother-in-law enjoyed our selection and your experience with our staff. We're sorry to hear that you did not find parts of our store to be accessible, and we encourage you to...More

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

Just my opinion but this is a great book store with lots to choose from. New books too but the selection is great and the staff are very helpful. 3 floors in downtown Victoria.

Thank marimbagirl
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RussellBooks, Manager at Russell Books, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Thanks for this great review! We're so thrilled to hear that you had a good experience at our store and with our staff. We hope you come back soon!

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

the smell of books, the fabulous decor, the choices! all so wonderful. Also this place was filmed for in the life story of J.K.Rowling

Thank hugz2302
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RussellBooks, Manager at Russell Books, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2018

Thank you for this great review!

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