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!

The Open Door Current Notes and Status

Credit card are enabled again on our web site.

Note that for orders to be mailed, you can also use our Bookshop.org site Bookshop.org/shop/OpenDoor.

Currently we are open for

  • Private shopping by appointment,
  • Curbside pickup or in-store pickup of prepaid web orders,
  • In-store pickup and pay of web orders, and
  • Normal shopping and browsing.

Face masks covering your mouth and nose are required.

Stay healthy!

Janet and John Hutchison

Our Autumn Newsletter Is Now Available!

You can download and read a PDF copy here.

Upcoming Events Next Several Weeks

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.


Our Staff Recommendations have moved! You can find a list of our October 2020 recommendations right here.


Featured New Releases for Tuesday, October 13, 2020:

She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982157289
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - October 13th, 2020

This Just Speaks to Me: Words to Live By Every Day Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593191088
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 13th, 2020

The Silence: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982164553
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - October 20th, 2020

Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982174026
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner - October 27th, 2020

American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593239261
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - October 13th, 2020

Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534437678
Availability: Usually Arrives in 3-5 Business Days
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 13th, 2020

A Time for Mercy (Jake Brigance #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385545969
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - October 13th, 2020

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