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 2022

Thank you for your support in 2021! Our 50th anniversary year was our best ever!

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

Our Spring 2022 newsletter is available!

Download a PDF copy here.


Upcoming Events Next Several Weeks

Landscaping for Dummies Cover Image
Landscaping for Dummies gives you the know-how you need to make your outdoor space into a dream getaway. You can create a head-turning landscape that’s beautiful, budget-friendly and easy on the earth with ideas for sustainability.
Teri Chace has over 35 books has written and edited for major consumer gardening/outdoor-living publications. She resides in a small village in the heart of central New York’s farm country.

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:

This Time Tomorrow: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525539001
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - May 17th, 2022

The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063060234
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - May 17th, 2022

Swim Team Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063056770
Availability: Usually Arrives in 3-5 Business Days
Published: HarperAlley - May 17th, 2022

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