New York Times Digital Academic Pass

New York Times Digital Academic Pass

The Library is proud to present to all York College students, faculty and staff an 'Academic Pass' to the digital version of the New York Times. The Academic Pass provides you with full access to and the smartphone apps* for a period of 52 weeks from the date you activate it.

Get Started:

Go to

  1. Click on "Register" to create a account using your CUNY college email address.
  2. At the bottom of the Welcome page, click "Continue."
  3. If your email address is from a CUNY College, you will then see "Check your email." Look for our message, Confirm Your Email Address, which should arrive within 15 minutes.
  4. Click on the link in our confirmation email. This will simultaneously verify your eligibility and grant your Academic Pass, which will provide access to for your campus designated period
  5. If you don't get our confirmation email, check your spam filter. If you still do not receive it, send an email from your school email account to


If you wish to subscribe to a CUNY academic pass and you already have a subscription (or have registered) with NYTimes Digital and you used your CUNY email on that subscription, you should change the email address on that subscription (to any email address that does not have a CUNY domain) and then use your CUNY email to get the academic pass.

Returning Users

Once you have followed the steps for first-time users and activated an Academic Pass provided by your school, it should allow you full access for 52 weeks (364 days) with no further action on your part. However, if for any reason while on you are served the message that you are reaching the limit of free articles on the site, do the following: Make sure you are logged in to with your school email address. Go to Your pass should again be active.

Smartphone Apps

Your Academic Pass includes access to The New York Times via the NYTimes smartphone apps. To download your smartphone app, visit:

Once you have registered and selected your Academic Pass, you can then access from anywhere at any time during the life of that pass from most web capable devices*. Academic Pass Benefits

  • Enjoy your access to from any device
  • Use your Academic Pass from any location

Frequently Asked Questions

I keep having to log into with my email address and password each time I want to enter the site, what can I do?

Some internet browser software provides for the user to enable "'private browsing"' or "incognito browsing". These settings inhibit the use of cookies and therefore the user would be prompted to log into each time they want to access the site. Eliminating these setting should resolve that problem. Another issue could be automatic cache clearing setup on your computer. This would eliminate the cookie requiring the user to log into the site if the cookie has been removed.

Why use the Academic Pass to read the NYTimes online?

On March 28, 2011, the New York Times began charging for access to its Web edition. Most people, except those with subscriptions, are capped at viewing 10 articles each month before charges take effect. The Academic Pass gives you access to content without cap limits.

Should I cancel my existing digital subscription to make use of the site license access?

The New York Times Academic Site License has some restrictions that your personal subscription may not have. Consider the options carefully before deciding one way or another.

What are the restrictions?

Site license access does not include the tablet apps. At this time, access to articles from the date range 1923 to 1980 is limited is limited to 5 articles for the 364-day period.

Can I access the Times off-campus?

Yes, as long as you have registered using your campus domain .edu email address and obtained your Academic Pass.

Can I access the Times from my mobile device?

There are NYTimes mobile apps for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry 10 and Windows phones; these are included as part of the Academic Pass. Mobile apps for tablets are not part of the Academic Pass. However, you can access formatted for mobile users by visiting using your smartphone or tablet browser.

Why am I asked to login on some occasions and not others?

This may be because your browser may clear its Web cache/history if it is set to do so. In such cases you will need to login back into to, but there is no need to get another Academic Pass.

Do campus alumni have access?

Students, faculty, retirees, and staff will have access via the Academic Pass as long as they have a valid York e-mail address.

Are there other New York Times resources available on campus?

Most campus libraries offer a variety of ways to search and view current and historical content of the New York Times online. Check with your campus librarian for specific details.

I still need help!

If you are still experiencing problems, contact our site license support at for assistance.

*Does not include e-reader editions, Premium Crosswords or The New York Times Crosswords apps. NYTimes apps are not supported on all devices. Access to archived articles within the date range 1923-1980 is limited. You must have a valid email address from York College or any other CUNY College. Other restrictions may apply.