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 2024

Thank you for your support in 2023!

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

In memory of Betty Fleming
With heavy hearts and a debt of gratitude, we acknowledge the passing of Betty Fleming at age 95.
Betty’s visionary and entrepreneurial spirit and her love of books inspired her to create The Open Door Bookstore. More than half a century later, the store remains an anchor of the city’s downtown and a welcoming home to those who love books and beautiful things. We are Betty’s enduring legacy, and a living tribute to the idea that one person’s vision can impact countless lives in a lasting way.

Download a copy of our Spring Newsletter here!




Upcoming Events Next Several Weeks


Join us for our second annual Pride Book Fair in partnership with Great Flats Brewing!

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:

There Is a Door in This Darkness By Kristin Cashore Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803739994
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - June 11th, 2024

Limited number of signed copies available, please call for availability.

Duck Duck Taco Truck By Laura Lavoie, Teresa Martinez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laura Lavoie, Teresa Martinez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593644638
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - June 11th, 2024

Cuckoo By Gretchen Felker-Martin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250794666
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Nightfire - June 11th, 2024

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