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 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 the first newsletter of 2023 right here!

It's here! It's here! The 2023 writing contest is here!

Who do you wish you were? A doctor? A dragon slayer? A super-hero? The first baseman of the New York Yankees? And if you were a ... , what would you do? Where would you go? (What would you look like?) Who would you help? Tell us your adventures!
The writing contest is open to children in grades 1-8 and winners from each grade will be announced in the spring. Entries are due BEFORE March 3, 2023. A pdf copy of the full rules can be found 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.



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