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 2024

Thank you for your support in 2023!

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

It's time for our annual Children's Writing Contest! Entries are due in store before March 1. You can download the form here.

Upcoming Events Next Several Weeks


February 14 to March 14 choose a board book to donate to STARS.

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How Will I Know By Marc Renson Cover Image
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How Will I Know By Marc Renson Cover Image

Marc Renson will be signing his new book How Will I Know.

Reserve your copies by pre-ordering now.


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:

The Women: A Novel By Kristin Hannah Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250178633
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - February 6th, 2024

Infinity Alchemist By Kacen Callender Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250890252
Availability: Usually Arrives in 3-5 Business Days
Published: Tor Teen - February 6th, 2024

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