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 will be reopening on Monday June 8th.

The hours are listed in the side panel. We will continue our Personal Shopper service for curbside pickup.

Face masks are required and we will not be accepting cash, only credit cards and checks.

Stay healthy!

Janet and John Hutchison

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New In Paperback:

Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525510895
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 7th, 2020

Hollow Kingdom Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538745830
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 7th, 2020

Everything Inside: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525563051
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - July 7th, 2020

Chances Are . . .: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101971994
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - July 7th, 2020

Maigret and the Loner (Inspector Maigret #73) Cover Image
By Georges Simenon, Howard Curtis (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780241304341
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - July 7th, 2020

Three Women Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451642308
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 7th, 2020

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