Store Policies

Privacy Policy

Our site uses an order form for customers to request information, products, and services. We request visitor's contact information (name, address, and email address) and financial information (payment information to make purchases) . Contact information from the order form is used to ship orders to customers. The customer's contact information is used to contact the visitor when necessary. Financial information that is collected is used to bill the customer for products and services.


The web site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. We use 128-bit SSL encryption to protect your financial information.


We provide users the following options for removing their information from our database and to not receive any future communications from our service.


  • You can send an email to
  • You can send a letter to the following postal address: 

      Adams Avenue Book Store
      3502 Adams Avenue
      San Diego, CA 92116


You have the option to change and modify information previously provided by logging in through our home page and then accessing account administration.


If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact:
Brian D. Lucas
Adams Avenue Book Store
3502 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116

Internet and Phone Orders

Payment Methods Accepted 
We accept PayPal, the major credit cards Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, and checks and money orders made payable in U.S. dollars to "Adams Avenue Book Store."


Sales Tax 
We are required to charge 8.00% sales tax on all orders shipped within the state of California; this amount will be added to your order total when you check out. 


California book dealers with a valid resale number: if you type this number in the notes area when placing your order we can remove the tax charge from your order.


Shipping Costs 
Shipping rates are based on an average book weight of 2 pounds, which is sufficient for most books. However, larger or heavier books or multi-volume sets may require additional postage. We will contact you by e-mail if additional postage is required.


Domestic Media Mail: $4.50
Domestic Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope: $7


TO OUR INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: The U.S. Postal Service discontinued all surface mail shipping options in May 2007, but there remains a very economical method of shipping books internationally called the Flat-rate Priority Envelope, which takes 4-10 business days to arrive and costs $23 to Canada and $32 to any other country, regardless of weight. Most average-sized books will fit inside one of these envelopes with sufficient protective padding, and we will use this option whenever possible for your order.


If your book does not fit inside the envelope, we will weigh it and calculate a shipping cost based on that. Most books can be shipped via Priority in 4-10 business days to Canada for under $40, and to other countries for under $60. In the cases that book weight exceeds 4 lbs. (about 1.8 kilos) we will use a Medium Flat-rate Priority Box if possible, which also takes 4-10 days to arrive and costs $44 to Canada and $64 to other countries. If it is not possible to use the flat-rate envelope and we must use one of the other options described here, we will email you with a revised shipping charge and we will not charge your credit card until you have approved that total.


We stand behind the books we sell. Refunds will be extended for 30 days following your book purchase. If you have a question about a refund or shipping a book back to us, please contact us.

Book Buying/Donation Policy

We are a general used book store with over 100 different subject categories, so we are interested in a range of subjects; however, our specialty areas are academic: theology, philosophy, history, literature, etc.


We buy some books, trade some books, and accept donations.


Click here for detailed information about how and what we buy, including lists of the things we (almost) always take and (almost) never want, as well as recommendations for where to donate books.