Welcome to The Open Door!

     The Open Door is Schenectady's locally-owned independent bookstore and gift gallery, serving the capital region for 50 years. We carry a wide selection of literature for adults and children, including 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!

Supporting the Open Door in 2021

Face masks are required, regardless of vaccination status. We thank you for helping keep our community safe.

We could never have imagined a year like 2020! We are so thankful for all of your support!

  • You helped us get through the lockdown months of March April and May with your web orders, emails, and phone orders.
  • You welcomed us back when we were able to open our doors again in June.
  • You have helped us navigate all the new guidelines by wearing your masks, keeping a distance, and at times waiting outside when we were at capacity.
  • Your patience and understanding was overwhelming.
  • Your kind messages of support were appreciated and kept us going when things were tough.

We thank you for shopping local as we enter 2021 and our 50th year.

Currently we are open for

  • In-store shopping and browsing,
  • E-mail us at general@opendoor-bookstore.com [include phone number],
  • Curbside pickup or quick in-store pickup of prepaid orders,
  • In-store pickup of web orders,
  • In-store shopping by private appointments, and
  • Personal shopper service — call or email for options to shop remotely.

Note that for book orders to be mailed, you can also use our Bookshop.org site Bookshop.org/shop/OpenDoor.

Stay healthy!

Janet and John Hutchison

Know a budding artist? Entries for our Children's Arts Contest are due before Oct. 8.

The Open Door is looking for entries for our annual Children's Art Content, when we invite kids to design a book jacket for their favorite book! Artwork will be judged for originality, creativity, and interpretation of the book’s theme. Entries are due in the store before October 8. Winners in each grade level (one through eight) will receive gift certificates from The Open Door, and all entries will be displayed in the store windows Nov. 13-20.

Download a PDF of the Children's Art Contest rules and entry form here.

Our fall newsletter is available!

Download a PDF copy here.


Featured Books and Info


Thanks for Your Support of Indie Businesses.

  Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.

  Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains. More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.


Featured Titles for Thursday, September 9, 2021:

Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374602604
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 7th, 2021

Call to reserve one of our SIGNED copies!

The Magician: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476785080
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - September 7th, 2021

From the brilliant mind of Colm Toibin comes a dazzling, epic family saga based on the life of Thomas Mann, set across a half-century spanning World War I, the rise of the Third Reich, World War II, and the Cold War. A not-to-be-missed reading experience!

Thankful Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534477346
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - September 7th, 2021

Capital Region resident Samantha Cotterill illustrated this beautiful children's book celebrating all the joys of being thankful. Call to reserve your signed copy!

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