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New York Times Digital Edition - Academic Site License

New York Times Digital Edition - Academic Site License

1980+. [1923-1980 access is limited]

Princeton faculty, students and staff can access The New York Times Digital Edition through an Academic Site License provided by Princeton University Library.

Our license does NOT include Premium Crosswords or the New York Times Crosswords apps. Access to archived articles within the date range 1923-1980 is limited. 


FIRST Register for an Academic Pass at 

First time registrants MUST use either their or email addresses to register for an Academic Pass. You will receive an email within 15 minutes from the NYTimes requesting that you confirm your email address.  You will then receive confirmation that you have an Academic Pass.

If you have difficulty registering for a pass, email from your Princeton or pppl email account.

THEN, once you have your Academic Pass, you can change your email 'sign in' to another one if you prefer (e.g. gmail) by making that change on your account at the NYTimes site.

Your Academic Pass is good for 364 days from the date you activate it; after it expires you can register as above for a new pass for 364 days.

Once registered go to and use your signin.

NOTE: If you currently have a paid digital subscription of your own, for which you registered with your or email address, you are NOT eligible for an Academic Pass. You should continue to access the Times via your own subscription. The New York Times Academic Site License has some restrictions that your personal subscription may not have. Consider the options carefully before deciding to cancel your own subscription.  (If you registered for your paid subscription under another of your email addresses, you CAN register for an Academic Pass.)

If you previously registered for the Web Edition and want to take advantage of the Academic Pass, just change your account email to or to obtain an Academic Pass as above.  This will give you access to content without cap limits.  If you were using your account to obtain the free articles, go to  the "passes" page, and instead of clicking on the "register" button, click on the "login" button, and login with your address (and password) from that passes page. You will get the Academic pass associated with your princeton email.

Mobile APPS: Your Academic Pass includes access to The New York Times via the NYTimes smartphone apps. Go to

Phones: 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.

Tablets: Your Academic Pass includes access to The New York Times via the NYT tablet apps. Go to from your tablet's web browser to download the applicable tablet app. *Please note, your pass must have been activated or renewed after November 1, 2015 to be able to use the same NYT log in for the tablet app.

Need HELP?

If you need help obtaining an Academic Pass or with your account, contact NYTimes site license support at for assistance.

If you have questions about this new offering, please contact the Library.

Check the Troubleshooting Guide if you are having problems obtaining an Academic Pass or are hitting a content limit.

Alternative access to the New York Times

  • 1851-2013 (image access through Proquest Historical Newspapers)
  • Last 2 weeks (Factiva) (allows easy browsing by section)
  • 2008+ (digital version of the microfilm through Proquest Digital Microfilm)
  • 1980+ (access through Proquest; text only)