Welcome to The Open Door!

     The Open Door is Schenectady's locally-owned independent bookstore and gift gallery, serving the capital region for more than 45 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

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 shopping@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.

Face masks covering your mouth and nose are required.

Stay healthy!

Janet and John Hutchison

Children's Writing Contest!

"In the Night Bookstore:" What might happen if you were locked in the Open Door Bookstore overnight?! Think of all the books! All the toys! You can write an adventure story, a mystery, a fantasy -- and your tale can be serious or humorous about spending the night in the store. Entries are due in the store before March 5. Winners in each grade level (one through eight) will receive gift certificates from The Open Door, and awards will be announced in the spring.

You can download a PDF of the full rules and entry form here.

Our winter newsletter is available! Download a PDF copy here.

View our bestselling adult books here.

And our bestselling children's books 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 New Releases for Tuesday, January 26, 2021:

Let Me Tell You What I Mean Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593318485
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - January 26th, 2021

The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062914668
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - January 26th, 2021

American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735224681
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - January 26th, 2021

The Russian (Michael Bennett #13) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316420389
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - January 25th, 2021

Prodigal Son: An Orphan X Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250252289
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Minotaur Books - January 26th, 2021

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