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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Upcoming Events Next Several Weeks

2020 Vision: Dump Trump Cover Image

An independent's assessment of the issues facing voters in 2020, this book shows how Democrats can retain control of the House, recapture the Senate and White House and return America to a de

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.


Children's Writing Contest 2020!

Calling all kids in grades 1 through 8: it's time for our annual writing contest!

Here’s the beginning to your story: “Last night I had the strangest dream about my favorite book character.” Who is your favorite book character? Dream up an amazing story about him, her, or it! Make it as wild or funny or strange as you want. We can't wait to read it!

Entries are due before Friday, February 28. You can download a pdf of the full rules and entry form here.


This Week's Featured New Releases:

Bedtime for Sweet Creatures Cover Image
By Nikki Grimes, Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781492638322
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - January 14th, 2020

The Conference of the Birds (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #5) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735231504
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 14th, 2020

Duck for President (A Click Clack Book) Cover Image
By Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689863776
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2004

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