Answered By: Darcy Gervasio
Last Updated: May 04, 2017     Views: 550

The New York Times charges users subscription fees to read the newspaper online or via their mobile app. If you view more than 20 articles per month at, you’ll have to pay for access. 

Fortunately, Purchase College Library provides you with free access to the full text of the New York Times via library newspaper databases and via 24-hour passes to (the web version).


Ways to Access the New York Times:

Option 1. Get a free academic pass to via the Library:

 The Library provides 25 academic passes per day to the online version of the New York Times ( This gives faculty, staff, and students unlimited access to current New York Times articles, blogs, archives, the Sunday Times, and New York Times Magazine for a 24-hour period.


How the passes work:

Day passes are allotted on a rolling basis. So if you log in at 11:00am on Tuesday, you will have access until 11:00am on Wednesday. You can log out and log back in as many times as you want in a 24-hour period. If all 25 passes are in use, you'll see a message explaining that the maximum number of users has been reached. You can check back again later for the next available pass. Passes are available during the regular academic semester but are not available during breaks/holidays.


What content is available:

  • provides unlimited access to all current articles (1980-present), blogs, op-eds, New York Times Magazine, Sunday Times, etc. You will see the "web version" of the New York Times including advertisements, headlines, photos, columns, etc.
  • Access to online archives from 1923-1980 is limited to 5 articles per day due to copyright restrictions. For unlimited, complete access to as many articles from this time period as you need, use the Library's Historical New York Times database instead (see below).
  • Access to the online archives from 1850-1923 is unlimited. (In addition, these articles can also be accessed via the Library's Historical New York Times database).


To claim a pass, follow these steps:

1. Go to (or download the NYTimes app for iPhone, iPad, or Android).

2. Create an account. You must use your email. You only need to create an account the first time.

3. Go to your email to verify your account.

4. Follow the prompts in your verification email or login here.

5. Browse for 24 hours!


Sharing, Downloading, Saving in Moodle:

It is not possible to download and save PDFs of articles from the website or app. If you share a URL directly from, your recipients may or may not be able to view the article, depending on whether they have a personal account  or whether they have surpassed the 20 "free" views per month. Because there are only 25 academic passes per day included in the Library's subscription, these academic passes cannot be used to provide an entire class simultaneous access to a particular online article.

**If you plan to share a New York Times article with an entire class, assign it as a course reading, or link to it from Moodle, we recommend that you look up the article in the Library's databases--either ProQuest's National Newspapers Premier or the Historical New York Times-- then copy the permalink (aka: Document URL), and link to it from your Moodle. (See Option #2 below). Obtaining the permalink through the Library's newspaper databases rather than is particularly crucial for faculty who plan to reassign the same article year after year.


Option 2. Get full text of current and historic New York Times articles in Library Databases:

You can access New York Times articles from 1851 through today in the following library subscription databases, found in the Databases By Title list on the Library Homepage.

Advantages of using library databases to access the New York Times include: unlimited number of simultaneous users, powerful keyword searchingpermanent links to articles, and complete access to historical content from 1851-present.  

Note that the "look and feel" of the New York Times in a library database differs from Newer articles are available in text only (HTML); historical articles may appear as PDFs. You won't see the headlines, columns, or ads that appear in the web version, and you may not see photographs, blogs, or other online-only content.

The following links take you directly to the New York Times in various library databases:

  • National Newspapers Premier (also known as ProQuest News & Newspapers)
    • For today's paper, click on today's date next to "Latest available issue"
    • Or, under "Browse Specific Issues" at the bottom of the screen, open up the most recent year range, then select the current year, month, and today's date
    • You can view your results in Page Order or Reverse Page Order, or choose to "Search Within" your results for a specific keyword, author, or article title
  • Historical New York Times (from ProQuest)
    • Contains articles from 1851-2013
    • Includes PDFs of most articles to show historical context
    • Just type in search terms to get started!
  • InfoTrac Newstand (from Gale)
    • Click on today's date at the top of the list in the scroll box in the center of the page.
    • If you don't see today's date listed, make sure the current year is selected from the dropdown menu under "Full-text coverage"
    • You can type keywords, authors, or article titles in "search within results" in the upper left corner
  • LexisNexis Academic Universe
    • Under the red search bar, click "Advanced Options" next to "Sources: The New York Times"
    • Enter today's date in the Date range for both "From" and "To"
    • Click "Apply"
    • Leave the “Search Terms” box blank
    • Click the "Search" button to see all of today’s articles
  • Newspaper Source Plus (from Ebsco) 
    • Does not provide access to today’s paper but is current as of one day ago (yesterday's paper).
    • Choose the Month/Day you want to read from the list of dates on the right
    • Add keywords to the second search box at the top of the page to search within results


Looking for other newspapers? See the Library's Finding Newspaper Guide.

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