Bookbinders and Used Booksellers on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands
Bookbinders and Used Booksellers on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands
Bookbinders and Used Booksellers on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands
Bookbinders and Used Booksellers on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

Victoria, Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands BOOKSELLERS and BOOKBINDERS guide

2014 edition


Books on View p.250 483-1860
702 View Street
Victoria, BC
Located just around the corner from its “Big Brother”, Books on View is everything weird and wonderful that can’t fit on the shelves at Russell Books. It houses our specialty and antiquarian books as well as other unusual titles. From time to tome we offer special deals that you won’t find at our main store. We also carry discount cards, calendars and new books.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10-5

Bring & Buy Books p.250 382-1241
1241 Esquimalt Road
Victoria, BC V9A 3P2
Ray and Sharon Kennedy
Pop in for a coffee & a chat. Stay awhile and browse through our wide and varied selection of quality used paperback and hardcover books. Something for all ages and interests.

CHRONICLES OF CRIME, your mystery bookshop p.250 721-2665
1048 Fort Street
Victoria, BC V8V 3K4
We specialize in crime fiction, mystery, and spy fiction. We also carry DVD’s
(especially British & Noir), audio CDs, vintage paperbacks, and collectibles.
Hours: Tues, Wed, Thursday 8:30-5:00, Friday 8:30-4:00, Saturday 9:00-3:00, Sun/Mon  by appointment.

Dark Horse Books p.250 386-8736
623 Johnson Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1M
Vera Mezger
Victoria’s eclectic and unusual ‘quasi-alternative’ liberal arts bookshop. Sci-fi / fantasy; metaphysical / occult; performing & lively arts; general and alternative fiction, children’s books; alternative non-fiction; etc. Always buying in these genres. Art shows by local artists & occasional readings by authors. Call for information.
Hours: Wed-Sat 10-6, Sun-Tues 12-5.

DRAGONFLY BOOKS p.250 478-0914
#106 – 721 Station Avenue
Victoria, BC V9B 2S1
Western Communities
Sharon Jensen
Thousands of quality used books. Drop in and browse, check out our staff picks, local authors and bestsellers.
Hours: Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4, Sun 12-4 pm.

Fairfield Book Shop p.250 386-9095
247 Cook Street
Victoria, BC V8Z 4H4
Donna and Glen Ashmore
We are located in Cook Street Village and have been part of the community
since 1993. We specialize in quality used paperbacks, contemporary fiction,
modern and classic literature, children’s books, publisher remainders, and
various non-fiction subject matter. Hours: Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 pm.

James Bay Coffee & Books p.250 386-4700
143 Menzies Street A bookstore and Internet Cafe
Victoria, BC V8V 2G4
Used books of all kinds including art, Canadiana, and metaphysical. Rare
as well as general stock. A unique and interesting shop in a heritage building in the heart of James Bay village. Adjoining espresso bar and internet cafe. Music nights, games nights.
Hours: Open 7 days. 8 am-10 pm.

Legends Comics & Books p.250 388-3696
633 Johnson Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1M7
Lloyd Chesley & Gareth Gaudin
Knowledgeable and devoted, LEGENDS puts the “book” back in “comic book”, with the complete scope of graphic novels, comic books, reprints, and studies. All genres, renowned and expert in back issue collectables. Awarded the JOE SHUSTER AWARD as “Outstanding Comic Book Retailer”.
Hours: Sun-Tues 12-5, Wed-Sat 11-6

Pages Used Books p.250 652-4341
Unit 5A, 7103 W. Saanich Road (Trafalgar Square)
Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1R1
Max O’Brien & Elizabeth MacCallum
A large variety in most categories including a large selection of mystery & science fiction. Easy access with lots of parking.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10-5:30

Penelope’s Book Stop p.250 391-9529
1610 Island Highway (6-Mile Market)
Victoria, BC V9B 1H8
A bright shop, thousands of books for all ages, and a friendly staff make this stop a browser’s delight.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10-5

Renaissance Books
14 Bastion Square ( Commercial Alley) p.250 381- 6469
Victoria, BC., V8W 1H9
Peter Gray
Quality used books for Readers, Scholars and Collectors Specialties include Art, Literature & History, with a fine selection of Books on Books, Children’s, Illustrated, Modern Firsts, Poetry, First Nations, BC History, and more.
Mon – Sat 10-6, Sunday 11-5.

Russell Books p.250 361-4447
734 Fort Street f.250 381-3939
Victoria, BC V8W 1H2
Ron & Diana de Pol
Vancouver Island’s largest collection of used books! We also have a huge selection of remaindered titles and new best sellers. Come check out our wonderful collection of cards, calendars & journals. Bring in your high quality books for cash or trade.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9-5:30, Sunday 11-5

Smart Book Shop p.250 721-4200
105-4430 W. Saanich Rd (Royal Oak Shopping Centre)
Victoria, BC V8Z 3E9
Reg Smart, Owner Joyce, Book Assistant
New & used books. Publishers’ remainders/discount books arriving weekly. Huge selection of current paperbacks to buy or exchange. Broad variety of contemporary fiction in stock.
Hours: Monday – Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5

Sorensen Books p.250 383-3215
1027 Cook Street (just off Fort Street)
Victoria, BC V8V 3Z7
Cathy Sorensen, Owner
Your Vancouver Island Bookshop.
New, Gently Used and Rare Books, postcards, documents and vintage photographs Bought & Sold. Specializing in Transportation and Military. Selected consignments welcome. Estate appraisals. Over 20 years experience.
Hours: Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat. 11-4, Sun/Mon by Appointment only.


The Reading Room Bookstore & Cafe
1360-6660 Sooke Road p.250 642-3964
Sooke, BC V9Z 0A5
Kathy Drover
Come in and browse our ever expanding inventory of quality new, used and remaindered books. Good selection of general stock in a comfortable setting.
Check us out on Facebook
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:30-5, Sunday 11:30-4 pm.

Well Read Books p.250 642-6726
104-6596 Sooke Road
(corner of Church & Sooke Rd) twitter: well read books
Sooke, BC V9Z 0W7 facebook: well read books
Rob Westgate
Welcome to browse our eclectic collection of used & antiquarian books. Special sections for Biography, Canadiana, Classics, Poetry and SF/Fantasy. Please note: we only accept cash or cheques at the present time.
Hours: Tues-Sunday 12-4 & ‘”When the Sign’s Out, we’re Open”.

Sidney Booksellers

Beacon Books p.250 655-4447
2372 Beacon Avenue f.250 655-5283
Sidney, BC V8L 1X3
Christine & Clive Tanner
Large general secondhand bookstore, all subjects, out-of-print titles, first editions, rare and antiquarian, memorabilia. Large Paperback Room with your favourite authors. Out-of-Print book order service. Friendly knowledgeable staff to help you, and Rosabelle our literary store cat. Debit & Credit cards.
Hours Mon to Sat 10-5:30 Sunday & most holidays 12-4

Country Life Books p.250 655-4447
2372A Beacon Avenue f.250 655-5283
Sidney, BC V8L 1X3
Cookbooks and food writing, collectors’ old books. Gardening – from houseplants to growing your own vegetables. All crafts and hobbies. Do-it-yourself and housebuilding, interior decoration, architecture. Technical crafts, welding, plumbing, etc. Beauty & fashion. Small farming. Pets & care. Fishing & hunting.
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 to 5:30, Sun & most holidays 12 to 4

Galleon Books & Antiques p.250 655-0700
9813 Third Street
Sidney, BC V8L 3A6
Rod Laurie & Brian MacLean
Wide selection of non-fiction material including BC History, Art History, Military, Nautical, First Nations Studies, Children’s books, Exploration, Transportation. Come view our large selection of antiques & collectibles. Estates and private libraries purchased.
Hours: Monday-Sunday 10-5 pm.

The Haunted Bookshop p.250 656-8805
9807 Third Street
Sidney, BC V8L 3A6 Member ABAC/ILAB
Odean Long
The Island’s oldest antiquarian bookshop buys, sells and appraises quality, collectible books and ephemera on most subjects. For 65 years, our shop
has catered to the recreational reader, to the scholar, and to the collector.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5

MILITARY BOOKSHOP p.250 655-3969
2423 Beacon Avenue f.250 655-5283
Sidney, BC V8L 1X5
Clive Tanner
Secondhand books – specializing in military history & biography, ancient and modern war, Naval & maritime, Aviation in peace & war, Railways & railroads, RCMP history, American presidential history & politics, military periodicals. Browse our large Churchill section. Collector’s decorative maps.
Hours: Mon – Sat 11-4, Sunday Closed or by Chance

Up-Island & Gulf Islands

3101-115 Fulford Ganges Road p.250 538-0025
Grace Point Square Toll free 1-855-538-0025
Saltspring Island, BC V8K 2T9
Come browse our collection of antiquarian and nearly new books, including familiar favourites, contemporary fiction, marine guides and charts, local authors, books about our region, and informative titles that can take you from outer space to inner peace. We also buy books and are available to evaluate estates and special collections.
Hours: Mon – Sat 10-5 pm, Sunday 11-5 (Noon-4 pm in Winter)

Gallowglass Books p.250 746-4104
#7 – 225 Canada Avenue f.250 746-4108
Duncan, BC V9L 1N7
Jeff Downie
Gallowglass Books is a small and intimate used bookshop located in the corner of the Canada Building. We offer a wide range of titles with a quality inventory and pleasant browsing environment. I have built a 48-seat Wine Bar and added a retail bakery and pastry shop to my building on Ingram Street – it is a busy place in the evenings.

Salamander Books
Mail: PO Box 1547 V9G 1B2
535 First Avenue p.250 245-4726
Ladysmith, BC f. 250 924-4726
Frieda Douglas
Visit us in downtown Ladysmith. Come in to our store; relax and browse. We have an interesting selection of both new and used books. We also feature pottery by Mary Fox.
Hours: Mon – Fri 9:30-5:30, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-4

Thompson Rare Books p.250 335-1182
5275 Jerow Road, Dunlop Point 1-3
Hornby Island, BC V0R 1Z0
Michael John Thompson Member, ABAC/ ILAB
Our specialties include literary first editions, old fantasy books, metaphysical, witchcraft, mythology and folklore, detective fiction and mysteries, illustrated books, children’s books, and fine printing & bindings. Established in 1983.
Hours: By chance or by appointment. Visit our website to sign up for electronic catalogues, specialty lists and new arrivals.

114 Quail Crescent mobile 250 537-6998
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1H1
Presently operating from private premises. Visitors by appointment. Stock is about 4,000 volumes. Rare books in many fields. Specialist in 19th and 20th century literature.

By Appointment & Online

BELTANE BOOKS p.250 335-1182
5275 Jerow Road
Hornby Island, BC V0R 1z0
Michael John Thompson
Magic & the Occult, Witchcraft, Shamanism, Alchemy, Thelema,
Egyptology, Mythology, Herbalism, the Sabbatic Craft, Xoanon,
Three Hands Press. Scarlet Imprint. Ixaxaar, Primal Craft. Starfire.
Teitan Press. Old & Rare books. Fine Modern books.
By Appointment, Online and Mail Order. Member, ABAC/ILAB Est. 1983

Victoria, BC
Children’s and Illustrated Books, mystery fiction, vintage paperbacks,
Pulps, postcards, Snapshot photography, stamps, postal history, and
Paper ephemera.
Book/Paper/Collectible Fairs, Victoria Flea Market, Da Vinci Centre.

Bjarne Tokerud, Bookseller p.250 381-2230
(By Appointment and Mail Order)
Rare Books, Travel & Exploration, Voyages, Arctic & Western Canadiana, Photographs, Photograph Albums, Historical Paper, Autographed Letters by
Famous and Notable People, Unusual archives on any topic. Catalogues issued.
Member ABAC / ILAB / PBFA 31 years’ experience

BOOKMARC.CA p.250 818-3828
Victoria, BC
Marc Montsarrat
Bookmarc Books specializes in Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, Paperback
and Hardcover Pulps.
Located in the Gorge area of Victoria and Open by Appointment only.

Dale Cournoyer, Bookseller p. 250 595-4246
2819 Graham Street
Victoria, BC V8T 3Z3
Fine General Stock *** Antiquarian *** Rare & Unusual Books
Bought and sold since 1990.
Appointments easily arranged.

Williams Books p. 250 598-6405
Neil Williams
An online bookshop specializing in children’s and illustrated books, mystery and detective, and Canadian literature. Always buying in these fields.


Beddall Bookbinding Conservation & Restoration
840 Snowdrop Avenue p.250 888-9380
Victoria, BC V8Z 2N4
Dave Allen
Hand bookbinding, repairs, family history, album binding, hot foil stamping. Whether you want your heirloom books to look new, retain their antique look but be readable again, or want a unique custom-designed cover, BBC&R can do the work.
Hours: By appointment only.

Meadland Bindery p.250 652-0231
1192 Dignan Road
Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1H4
Lorraine Butler
Restoration and conservation is my specialty, with 25 years hand bookbinding experience. I retain the original binding whenever possible, or create a new binding if needed. Theses and memoirs bound. Bibles restored. Maps and documents repaired. Drop off locations available in Victoria and Sidney.
Hours: Monday-Friday 9-4:30 usually, call ahead to be sure.

PERIOD FINE BINDINGS (Est. 1983) p. 250 580-1547
# 117-2187 Athlone Court Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1G1
(relocated from the UK)
Paul Tronson
A world renowned traditional master bookbinder with over 37 years experience.
An expert in every aspect of conservation, restoration and period bookbinding, using materials hand made to period. We build and restore private investment libraries and buy, sell and appraise rare books. Feel free to drop into the rare bookshop and bindery anytime.
Hours: Mon – Sat 9:30-5:30 pm 1955