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!



Upcoming Events Next Several Weeks

Clocking in: The Psychology of Work (Psychology of Everyday Life) Cover Image

Rudy Nydegger will be signing Clocking In: The Psychology of Work.

Rudy Nydegger, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Management at Union College, and the Chief of Psychology at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady N.Y.


Paul O’Brien wil be signing CT: A Cat’s Story (Illustrated by Jeanne Licata).

The story of one cat’s journey from a farm outside Cooperstown to his new home in Niskayuna. CT looks back on why he left the farm and how he found his new home a pretty cool place to live.

Paul O’Brien taught English at Notre Dame and Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons for forty-seven years.

Featured Books and Info


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A Stone's Throw: An Ellie Stone Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781633884199
Availability: Usually Arrives in 3-5 Business Days
Published: Seventh Street Books - June 5th, 2018

Good mysteries that take place in Northeast NY. The author grew up in Amsterdam NY.

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