We a thrilled to officially announce that we are moving to a BIGGER and BETTER space!

Our new home will be directly across the street at 747 Fort Street (the old Staples building). Opening in Fall 2019 it will offer more space, a simplified layout and will be FULLY ACCESSIBLE while still offering the same Russell Books feel (and lots and lots of books!) We are not planning on closing our current Fort Street location during the move (please note Books on View is now closed in preparation).

We know this will be a big change and we would love to hear your thoughts. Consider taking our 2 question survey to pass on your ideas and what you love about the current store. CLICK HERE to leave your input about the NEW STORE!

We couldn’t be more excited and are so appreciative of all of your support that has allowed us to get to this level! Thank you to the Time Colonist for these two lovely articles covering the move as well as to CBC for their great story and radio interview.


     Russell Books is located in the heart of downtown Victoria on historic Fort Street. In 2019 the store celebrated its 58th birthday in Canada and it's 28th in the wonderful book-loving community of Victoria where it now resides.

     Russell Books is passionately committed to making books affordable and accessible, and to providing a community space where people can gather to celebrate the written word and the thriving arts and culture scene in Canada. The many family members, +60 staff, and two stores now offer over 16,000 square feet of new, used, antiquarian, and out-of-print books, as well as a unique selection of cards, journals, and calendars. 

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     Create an account and order online! Free Shipping for orders over $50.00 before tax. Visiting our store? Be sure to check out any or all three of our floors for any subject under the sun, ask our staff for recommendations, and take home a Russell Books mug, canvas tote bag, reusable fold-up shopper, or a t-shirt!

     We are committed to finding you the book(s) you want! Contact us by phone, e-mail, or come visit and ask!. If we can't find what you are looking for right away we can try to find you a new copy on special order, or we will add you to our request list so we can get in touch with you as soon as one comes in! Whether you are new to our city (Welcome!) or one of our regulars (Hi again!) the friendly staff at Russell Books are always eager to help you find great books.