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


Secure your free tickets to our virtual discussion with Herb Terns 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, March 2, 2021:

Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593303740
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

Becoming Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524763145
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - March 2nd, 2021

Klara and the Sun: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593318171
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - March 2nd, 2021

The Committed Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802157065
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - March 2nd, 2021

The Elephant in the Room Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735229945
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - March 2nd, 2021

Signed copies available!

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