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

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 Autumn 2022 newsletter is available!

Download a PDF copy here.


It's time for our annual Children's Art Contest! Students in grades 1-8 are invited to design a book jacket for their favorite book. Entries are due by October 1 and winners will be selected from each grade. A copy of the full rules and entry from can be picked up in the Open Door or you can download a PDF copy 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:

Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization By Neil deGrasse Tyson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250861504
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 20th, 2022

Signed copies available!

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