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!

     It's time for our annual Kids Art Contest!! Download form here!     

Supporting the Open Door in 2023

Thank you for your support in 2022!

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

Download our full Fall Newsletter here!

Upcoming Events Next Several Weeks

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt in Albany: Governing New York By Michael J. Burgess Cover Image

Michael J. Burgess will be signing Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt in Albany: Governing New York.

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt changed America with a government on the side of the people that put Americans back to work and inspired confidence that the nation could overcome the Great Depression.

Fishing with Grandpa By Deb Manikas Cover Image

Deb Manikas will be signing Fishing with Grandpa.


Judy Hoff will be signing How Much Are These Free Books? True Tales from the Book Nook.

Impossible Escape: A True Story of Survival and Heroism in Nazi Europe By Steve Sheinkin Cover Image

Steve Sheinkin will be signing Impossible Escape: A True Story of Survival and Heroism in Nazi Europe.

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:

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Godkiller: A Novel By Hannah Kaner Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063348271
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Voyager - September 12th, 2023

The Enchanted Symphony By Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton, Elly MacKay (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419763199
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 12th, 2023

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