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 2024

Thank you for your support in 2023!

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

In memory of Betty Fleming
With heavy hearts and a debt of gratitude, we acknowledge the passing of Betty Fleming at age 95.
Betty’s visionary and entrepreneurial spirit and her love of books inspired her to create The Open Door Bookstore. More than half a century later, the store remains an anchor of the city’s downtown and a welcoming home to those who love books and beautiful things. We are Betty’s enduring legacy, and a living tribute to the idea that one person’s vision can impact countless lives in a lasting way.

Download a copy of our Spring Newsletter here!



Upcoming Events Next Several Weeks

Look By Gabi Snyder, Samantha Cotterill (Illustrator) Cover Image

This lyrical and timely picture book with beautiful diorama illustrations shows that if you really look, you never know what the world might give you to see.

Featured Books and Info


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Featured Titles:

The Last Murder at the End of the World: A Novel By Stuart Turton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728254654
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 21st, 2024

You Like It Darker: Stories By Stephen King Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668037713
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - May 21st, 2024

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