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 2023

Thank you for your support in 2022!

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

Download our full Holiday Newsletter here!

Upcoming Events Next Several Weeks

The Man Who Had 9 Lives: A Murder On Skis Mystery By Phil Bayly Cover Image

An American Fiction Award nominee, Bayly’s latest mystery sees television reporter JC Snow, entangled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an elusive killer. Surviving a Colorado avalanche is only the start of his adventures.

Twas the Night: The Art and History of the Classic Christmas Poem By Pamela McColl Cover Image

10:30am - 12pm

Christmas Season's most well-known and recited poem celebrates its 200th birthday in December. Clement Moore wrote the poem for his children and it was published Dec. 13, 1823, in the Troy Sentinel, in Troy N.Y.

Featured Books and Info


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Featured Titles:

My Effin' Life By Geddy Lee Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063159419
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - November 14th, 2023

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Check & Mate By Ali Hazelwood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593619919
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - November 7th, 2023

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