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Take a virtual tour of Canada’s biggest used bookstore

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Meet Jordan and Andrea, the husband and wife team who run Canada’s largest used bookstore in Victoria, BC (which also happens to be home to AbeBooks HQ).  Locals and tourists alike flock to Russell Books on Fort St. to spend hours (and hours) roaming aisles that span three floors, each worth a thorough browse. Take a look below for an incredible virtual tour – we’re just sorry you can’t smell the books.

Main Floor

The main floor is stocked to the brim with cookbooks, children’s books, non-fiction, cards, calendars and stationery.  At the back, bibliophiles sell their used books in exchange for Russell Books gift certificates.

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The front of the main floor just off Fort St.

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The view from the children’s section at the back of the main floor.

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Beautiful books line the wall behind the main floor cash desk.

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Classic Hardy Boys in the children’s section.

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At the back of the main floor, you’ll find the book buying desk. Jordan appraises stacks of used books.

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Self-help books from floor to ceiling.


Fiction lovers, history buffs, and world travelers will love the upper floor of Russell Books. From brand new releases to long-forgotten travel journals, the top floor is chock-full of amazing tales.

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Endless stacks cover the top floor.

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Mystery? Romance? General Fiction? Pick your isle.

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For paper fans…

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Salinger for days.


Last but most certainly not least, bibliophiles must head downstairs to the Vintage and Rare Book Floor. I must confess that this is my favorite part of Russell Books. A literary time capsule, the Vintage Rare Book Floor houses a huge array of old books, including children’s books you haven’t thought of in decades, cookbooks your Grandmother treasured, and early editions of your favorite classics. From pretty vintage books that go for a few dollars to those kept behind glass, there’s something for any level of collector.

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Those lucky enough to visit Victoria should certainly pay our friends at Russell Books a visit. In the meantime, browse their expansive catalog online at AbeBooks.com.

Photos: Mark Creery Photography

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