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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The Open Door will be reopening on Monday June 8th.

The hours are listed in the side panel. We will continue our Personal Shopper service for curbside pickup.

Face masks are required and we will not be accepting cash, only credit cards and checks.

Stay healthy!

Janet and John Hutchison


When you support us, you are also supporting independent businesses all over the United States

Our Gift Gallery is stocked with products made by American companies, including:

  • Spongellé
  • Zents
  • Beekman 1802
  • Blue Q
  • Kobo Candles
  • Evil Queen Candles
  • Lotus Jewelry Studio
  • Art By Any Means
  • Henrietta Glass
  • Candy Club
  • Chequessett Chocolate
  • rockflowerpaper
  • And so much more!

Buying local does exponential good.

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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.


What We're Currently Reading:

Hollywood Park: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250621566
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Celadon Books - May 26th, 2020

Diggersaurs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984894083
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - March 31st, 2020

Cook Beautiful Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419726521
Availability: Usually Arrives in 3-5 Business Days
Published: Abrams - October 10th, 2017

All Adults Here: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634697
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - May 4th, 2020

It Can't Happen Here Cover Image
By Sinclair Lewis, Michael Meyer (Introduction by), Gary Scharnhorst (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780451465641
Availability: Usually Arrives in 3-5 Business Days
Published: Signet - January 7th, 2014

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