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 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


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Featured Books and Info


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Featured Titles for Tuesday, May 18, 2021:

Wishes Cover Image
By Muon Thi Van, Victo Ngai (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338305890
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orchard Books - May 4th, 2021

Signed copies available!

The Anthropocene Reviewed (Signed Edition): Essays on a Human-Centered Planet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525555216
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - May 18th, 2021

It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, Gender, and Sexual Health (The Family Library) Cover Image
By Robie H. Harris, Michael Emberley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536207217
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - May 18th, 2021

Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984855565
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - May 18th, 2021

Signed copied available!

Hamnet Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984898876
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2021

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