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

River Cover Image

Elisha Cooper will be signing his book River.

Gnarlys of the North Woods Cover Image

Author Mary Cuffe Perez and Illustrator Sallie Way will be signing Gnarlys of the North Woods.

Gnarlys of the North Woods will delight readers young and old as it leads them deep within the Gnarlys world. Their archenemies, the Gnomes, are old and wise, but the Gnarlys have a genius for imitating any song, call or sound in the forest. It’s a talent that leads them into the biggest trouble of all!

Mary Cuffe Perez is the author of six books. She is a amateur naturalist and her writing is inspired by the fields and forests around her. She lives in Galway. Sallie Way is a high school art teacher and lives on a small farm in Galway.

Featured Books and Info


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Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626727465
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 22nd, 2019

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