The Office of Library Services is happy to announce that the New York Times Academic Pass is now available to all CUNY students, faculty, and staff. The Academic Pass gives anybody with a email domain a yearlong subscription to The New York Times Digital (and of course, we plan to renew this relationship for many years to come). Essentially, it works like any subscription to The New York Times Digital except that it does not include the tablet app (it does include apps for mobile phones) and limits the number of downloadable articles from The New York Times archive.

The newly created CUNY library marketing committee has begun exploring ways to promote this exciting new resource. In the meantime, please see the User Guide below and contact the CSI Library (Building 1L) for further information.

For Users:

An NY Times Academic Pass provides you with full access to and the smartphone apps* for the period of time designated by your institution. Your school has set your pass to be good for 52 weeks from the date you activate it.

*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 a participating school. Other restrictions may apply.

Get Started:

Go to

1.   Click on “Register” to create a account using your school email address.
2.   At the bottom of the Welcome page, click “Continue.”
3.   If your email address is from an eligible school, 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 have previously registered on, but have not registered with your campus email address, you will need to change your account information. To do so, log in to and then click on your login name on the very upper right. When the drop-down box opens, click on “My Account,” and change your email address to your campus email account where indicated on the page, then hit the SAVE button.

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 NY Times smartphone apps. To download your smartphone app, visit the NY Times mobile page.

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.