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, with an emphasis on children's books and 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!

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Upcoming Events Next Several Weeks

Live to the Network Cover Image
The mercurial anchorman of The Weekly Reporter, Ethan Benson stumbles upon a story about the tabloid murders of three runaway
Turn to Stone: An Ellie Stone Mystery Cover Image

Reporter Ellie Stone is invites to spend a weekend outside Florence, Italy with some scholars.


Calling all kids in grades 1 through 8: it's time for our annual writing contest and entries are due TODAY, February 27 by 8pm!

Out of My Mind: A Quirky Look at Life through Poetry Cover Image

Miki Conn reads from and discusses her book "Out of My Mind: A Quirky Look at Life Through Poetry."

Sully's Squad Cover Image

Sully’s Squad is not only a World War II epic, but also a moving coming-of-age tale, told through the eyes of fifteen-year old Arty, who lies about his age to enlist, and a chance meeting in a cath

Featured Books and Info


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Children's Writing Contest 2020!

Calling all kids in grades 1 through 8: it's time for our annual writing contest!

Here’s the beginning to your story: “Last night I had the strangest dream about my favorite book character.” Who is your favorite book character? Dream up an amazing story about him, her, or it! Make it as wild or funny or strange as you want. We can't wait to read it!

Entries are due before Friday, February 28. You can download a pdf of the full rules and entry form here.


Featured Books:

The Box Turtle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735230507
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - February 11th, 2020

Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524798642
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - February 4th, 2020

Run Me to Earth Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501154041
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - January 28th, 2020

The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316449236
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hachette Books - January 21st, 2020

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