Adams Avenue                                                                                         
  Book Store ~ 619.281.3330
 3502 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116
Dealing in fine used,
out-of-print, and rare
books since 1965.  

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About us
Established in 1965, Adams Avenue Book Store is a general used book store with an inventory of 60,000 books in over 100 subject categories.

Our specialties include Theology, Biblical Studies and Church History, Philosophy, History, Literature and Poetry, and Children's Books. We have large selections in the subject areas of American History and Western Americana, Military History (in particular World War II and Civil War), Literary Criticism, Shakespeare Studies, Art and Architecture, Mystery and Science Fiction, Jewish Studies, Eastern Religions, and Cook Books. We usually have good selections of German and French Philosophy and Literature, and we try to keep a good stock of Latin and Greek instructional resources and classic works. We have smaller collections in a number of other subjects not listed here. Click on the "Browse by Category" link above to view a full list of subjects.

Only a fraction of our inventory (less than 10%) is cataloged for online sale and browsable through our website. Please don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail or phone if you're looking for something specific you don't find here. Unfortunately, because our inventory isn't fully computerized, we don't have the capability to maintain want lists for individual customers. We get new stock in daily, so please check back with us periodically if we don't immediately have what you seek.

Click for our Store Policies regarding privacy, internet and phone orders, and selling or trading your books.

Click here to see articles featuring us that have appeared in local papers and websites, as well as reviews left by our customers on Yelp and Amazon.

In the spring of 2010 we closed for three months to do much-needed work on our building and its foundation, which also involved a remodel of the first floor (since it had to be gutted for the foundation work). Click here to see photos and step-by-step notes on the project.

Contact us  

 Snail Mail:  3502 Adams Avenue
 San Diego, CA 92116-2401
 Phone:  1-619-281-3330



Visit us
We're open seven days a week:
Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 12 - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 12 - 5 p.m.
We are closed only on New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. We usually close a little early on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, so you may want to call ahead on those days.


We are located in the Normal Heights neighborhood in central San Diego, just south of Interstate 8 and between the 805 and 15 Freeways. We are on the northeast corner of Adams Ave. and 35th St., and our street address is 3502 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116.


To reach our store:

from the North:
Take 805 South to the Adams/Madison Exit. Make a right at the stop sign, travel north one block, and make another right onto Adams Ave. Proceed several blocks to 35th St. You'll see our building on the left.
Take 15 South to the Adams Avenue Exit. Follow the curve of the exit to the right and make a left at the stop light onto Adams Ave. Proceed several blocks to 35th St. You'll see our building on the right.

from the South:
Take 15 North to the Adams Avenue Exit. Make a left at the stop light onto Adams Ave. Proceed several blocks to 35th St. You'll see our building on the right. [NOTE: There is no exit for Adams Avenue from 805 North.]

from the East or West:
Interstate 8 can be taken to Hwy 15 South or to Hwy 805 South, and then the directions above can be followed.
Highway 94 can be taken to Hwy 15 North, and then the directions above can be followed. [NOTE: There is no exit for Adams Avenue from 805 North.]

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Located in San Diego's Normal Heights neighborhood since 1965


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