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 our full Spring Newsletter here!

What happens when the best painting you have ever created turns into a portal that takes you to a hidden world? Tag along with Rachel as she navigates the world of fairies, unicorns and magic and tries to save the realm.
Shreya Sharath is an eighth grader at Shaker Middle School. She loves writing stories and poems and dabbling in art. She has won several awards for her performances in music and dance and also for her artwork.
This is her first book.

Parking just got even easier in downtown Schenectady!

More information can be found at parkschenectady.com

Featured Books and Info


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Featured Titles:

Loyalty By Lisa Scottoline Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525539803
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 28th, 2023

A House With Good Bones By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250829795
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Nightfire - March 28th, 2023

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