Trading or Selling Your Gently Used Books 


734 Fort Street Ground Floor





Tuesday through Saturday 9:30am-4:00pm. We accept good quality used books every day of the week except Sundays, Mondays and Holidays (we consider the entire month of December a book buying holiday). The book buying counter is closed every year for the entire month of December.


Books we are interested in:


Here at Russell Books we assess books of all kinds with condition being our primary concern. Creasing, highlighting, and underlining are not deal breakers when we are doing book assessments, but they will affect the amount we can offer you.  We are interested in everything from antiquarian rarities, to current best sellers and everything in between! We will look at any quantity of books you may be interested in trading. We have customers who come in to trade a single title that they have just finished all the way up to whole libraries or collections.


What we will not buy:


Books in bad condition. This includes: loose pages, cracked spines, funky odors, excessive marking, and rips and tears.


  • Readers Digest condensed books
  • Outdated textbooks and computer manuals
  • Encyclopedia sets
  • Ex-library books
  • Harlequin romance novels
  • Most magazines
  • Most "Book Club" editions


What you get for your books:


We buy books we can resell. We generally deal in store credit which you can use to purchase anything we sell in store. The credit never expires and works on 100% of in-store purchases. We do sometimes offer cash for large amounts of desirable books or extremely valuable books. Any cash offers made are at the discretion of the book buyer.  Any offer we do make (cash or credit) will fluctuate based on the desirability and quality of books, their condition, and our own inventory levels.


The Process:


Step one: bring in your gently used books in bags or boxes and proceed to our book buying counter on the main street-level floor where you can check in with a book buyer. Although our employees are not permitted to leave the store, you are welcome to borrow our dolly to bring in large amounts from your vehicle. The book buyer will take your information.


Step two: Since the book buying process takes from approximately 10-25 minutes, feel free to take a quick browse in our store or pop out for a brief coffee while we do the assessment of your books. We do ask that you stay in store, or close by while we go through your books since it is a quick process. 


Step three: After browsing, return to the book buying counter where you can settle up with a book buyer. The buyers will give you back any titles we could not use (if there are any) to donate at a place of your choice. 




Metered parking is available in front of our store. There is also a city parkade one block away on View Street. The parkade has pedestrian access to Fort Street, and the first hour is free.


House Calls:


If you have more than 1000 books, you may be eligible for a house call. To arrange a house call please call the store (250) 361-4447

 and leave a detailed message for the book buyers with a Russell Books staff member.


For further questions regarding book buying please call us at (250) 361-4447 (ask to speak to a Book Buyer).