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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According to the governor’s mandate we are now closed.

We ask customers to place orders online and ask for your books to be shipped to your homes.

Please note that all of our suppliers and shipping services are taking necessary steps to keep your packages safe from virus contamination.

We appreciate all of our loyal customers who have visited and placed orders over the past week. We will resume our services as soon as possible!

Stay healthy!

Janet and John Hutchison

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Featured New Releases:

The Blackbird Girls Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984837356
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

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