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 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!

Holiday Shopping — 2020 Style

Thank you for shopping early.

  • We need to avoid crowding in December. The store tends to be less crowded on weekdays and mornings.
  • Due to supply chain challenges, it may be difficult to satisfy last minute requests.

Currently we are open for

  • In-store shopping and browsing,
  • E-mail us at shopping@opendoor-bookstore.com [include phone number],
  • Curbside pickup or quick in-store pickup of prepaid orders,
  • In-store pickup of web orders, 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.

Face masks covering your mouth and nose are required.

Stay healthy!

Janet and John Hutchison

Gift Certificates Make the Perfect Gift!

Make your holiday shopping even easier with gift certificates! Our gift certificates can be purchased for any amount, in store or over the phone. They never expire and we will gladly mail them for you.


Don't Box Out Independent Bookstores

It is more important than ever to shop local.


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 Releases for Tuesday, December 1, 2020:

Cat Kid Comic Club: From the Creator of Dog Man Cover Image
By Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator), Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338712766
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - December 1st, 2020

The Blackbird Girls Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984837356
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

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