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About the Russell Books Family

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

Russell Books first started in Montreal in 1961. It began 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. Ron and Diana are now the owners of Russell Books Ltd. 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). We are so thankful to be a part of the book-loving community here in Victoria!

Tips for Using the Russell Books Website

Our staff are always happy to help you find a book, and we encourage you to give us a call at (250)-361-4447 or an email at info@russellbooks.com if you would like to check on the location of a book before coming to the store.

However, if you want to become a Russell Books pro, here are some handy tips!


When you click on an item in our catalogue, you will be linked to the page for that specific item. The information on this page can help you figure out where a book might be. At the top of this page, you will see an underlined heading in green (please see the image below). This heading has your best clue about where to find a book.


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Here is a brief key to the different locations a book might be:


RB - If the underlined heading begins with RB, the item will be at our main Fort St. location.

Vintage - If the underlined heading begins with Vintage, the item will be in the Vintage and Collectibles Department at our main Fort St. location.

BOV - If the underlined heading begins with BOV, the item will be at our secondary location, Books on View (at 702 View St.)


If the heading does not say any of those three things, the item might also be at our secondary location, Books on View (at 702 View St.) However, this item might also be a special order from our distributor. These items will say Special order direct from the distributor in the description. (Please see the image below.) Please feel free to get in touch with us for more information on special orders!


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