Welcome to The Open Door!

     The Open Door is Schenectady's locally-owned independent bookstore and gift gallery, serving the capital region for more than 45 years. We carry a wide selection of literature, with an emphasis on children's books and those of local and regional interest, as well as an expansive variety of toys, gifts, jewelry, stationery, personal accessories and home goods.

     Situated in the heart of downtown Schenectady, on pedestrian Jay Street, we're around the corner from Proctors Theatre and countless restaurants!

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The Open Door Current Notes and Status

Come downtown and shop.
Currently all downtown parking is free — both on-street and parking lots.

Our Private Shopping appointments are available for customers with underlying health issues. Call the store to arrange a time.

Currently we are open for

  • Private shopping by appointment,
  • Curbside pickup or in-store pickup of prepaid web orders,
  • In-store pickup and pay of web orders, and
  • Normal shopping and browsing.

We are expanding the hours we are open, see the side panel or via Google.
Face masks are required and we will not be accepting cash, only credit cards and checks.

Stay healthy!

Janet and John Hutchison

Our Summer Newsletter Is Now Available!

You can read and download a PDF copy here.

Upcoming Events Next Several Weeks

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Featured Books and Info


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Our Staff Recommendations have moved! You can find a list of what we're currently reading right here.


New Releases:

Midnight Sun Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316707046
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

We have signed copies in stock!

Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419749094
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 4th, 2020

Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250313225
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor.com - August 4th, 2020

Make Change: How to Fight Injustice, Dismantle Systemic Oppression, and Own Our Future Cover Image
By Shaun King, Bernie Sanders (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780358048008
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - August 4th, 2020

Migrations: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250204028
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - August 4th, 2020

The Silent Wife: A Novel (Will Trent #10) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062858108
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow - August 4th, 2020

True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385536738
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - August 4th, 2020

The Lions of Fifth Avenue: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524744618
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - August 4th, 2020

Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593230251
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

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