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

Face masks are required, regardless of vaccination status. We thank you for helping to keep our community safe.

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 Winter 2022 newsletter is available!

Download a PDF copy here.

2022 Children's Writing Contest

Do you know a creative young writer? Encourage them to enter The Open Door's 2022 Children's Writing Contest! We're asking kids to write about “The One Thing You’d Save," based on the book "The One Thing You’d Save" by Linda Sue Park.

An emergency has happened, and you must leave your home, Your parents and pets are safe, but you must choose just one thing to take with you. What would you choose – and why?

Entries are due in the store before March 3. Winners in each grade level (one through eight) will receive gift certificates from The Open Door, and awards will be announced in the spring. Download an entry form and view contest rules 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 Titles:

Bob Dylan All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track Expanded Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762475735
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - January 18th, 2022

An absolute gem of a book for any Dylan fan! "Bob Dylan: All the Songs" spans nearly 60 years, covering every track he ever recorded, documenting the Nobel Prize-winner's career and revealing inside stories and little-known facts. With more than 500 (!!) photographs, this is a stunning tribute to an iconic artist of immeasurable influence.

Iron Widow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735269934
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Teen - September 21st, 2021

Xiran Jay Zhao's young adult science fiction novel "Iron Widow" blends Chinese history and mythology with mecha science fiction. We now have signed bookmarks!

The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall of China. It doesn’t matter that the girls die from the mental strain.

When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it’s to assassinate the male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But when she gets her vengeance, it becomes clear that she is an Iron Widow, a rare kind of female pilot who can sacrifice males to power up Chrysalises instead.

To tame her frightening yet valuable mental strength, she is paired up with the strongest male pilot in Huaxia. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower. She will take over instead, then leverage their combined strength to force her society to stop failing its women and girls.

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