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Four generations of the Russell Books Family! Pictured from left: Chad Depol, Andrea Minter (with the newest 'edition' to the family - Jasper), and Diana Depol, daughter of the late Russell Books founder Reg Russell (in the framed photo).

Russell Books first began in Montreal in 1961 as a 300 square foot, one aisle, used bookstore and gradually grew into the biggest used, antiquarian, and remainder bookstore in Montreal. In 1991 Reg Russell, founder of Russell Books, helped open a Victoria branch with his daughter Diana and her husband Ron DePol at 734 Fort Street, where it is today with three floors filled floor to ceiling with as many books as you can imagine. Ron and Diana are now the owners of Russell Books while their daughter Andrea, together with her husband Jordan, manage the company. In 2005 Russell Books expanded into another space, Books on View - a division of Russell Books, at 702 View Street, (under the Sayward Building at the corner of Douglas Street), and in 2013 we expanded yet again with our Vintage and Collectable space in the basement level of our Main Location on Fort Street where we host many literary events and house hundreds of beautiful antiquarian and rare titles. 

We are so thankful and proud to serve and be a part of the book-loving community here in Victoria!