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NYTimes Academic Pass for Earlham

NYTimes Academic Pass

Earlham College Libraries have partnered with the New York Times to offer the NYTimes Academic Pass service. A NYTimes Academic Pass provides you with full access to and the smartphone apps for a full term from the date you activate it.

Please note that access 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 Earlham College to participate.

Setting up your account

Please note: Account set-up must be done from an on-campus computer. After that the account and related apps will then be available for use with off-campus devices.

Returning Users

When registering for the academic passes, students will be asked to provide their anticipated graduation date. Students will not have to re-authenticate for their pass until that date.

For faculty/staff, once you have followed the steps for first-time users and activated the NYTimes Academic Pass, it should allow you full access all semester 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 Earlham email address.
  • Go to Select "log in here;" enter same email credentials as for Your pass should again be active.

Smartphone / Mobile Apps

Get started at from a smartphone, iPad, tablet or desktop's web-browser and complete the instructions for a new account or to link an existing non-paying account that has your email as the username.

Then, visit on your tablet or mobile device to download your free NYT apps. Full access to the NYT tablet news app has more than 25 sections of content including blogs, video and slide shows. Use same credentials to log in.

How to Activate PDF

FAQ & Troubleshooting

If you are having problems accessing your Academic Pass, visit the NYTimes Troubleshooting Guide »

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 Web edition?

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.

I already have a digital subscription. What should I do? does not permit a double entitlement. If you have an existing paid digital subscription, you are not eligible for an Academic Pass. You should continue to access the Times via your own subscription.

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.  You may prefer to wait until your personal subscription period is over and then move to the academic pass.

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 to 5 articles per day.  This represents a change from the limit of 5 articles within the entire 364-day period.  Due to technical reasons, however, previously registered users may still be limited to 5 articles over the life of the 364 day pass.  Once they renew, however, the access will be as described.

Can I access the Times from off-campus?

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

Can I access the Times from my mobile device?

There are mobile apps for iPhone/iPod Touch (IOS 5.0+), Android (OS 2.1+), and Windows (7.5 O.S.) 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 the mobile site ( or Times Skimmer ( using your smartphone or tablet running one of the above operating systems.

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 Earlham alumni have access to the New York Times via Academic Pass?

No, only current Earlham students, faculty and staff will have access via the Academic Pass.

I still need help!

Please contact or an Earlham librarian.


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