Answered By: Darcy Gervasio
Last Updated: Jun 19, 2018     Views: 1436

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.

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 searching
  • permanent links to articles
  • complete access to historical content from 1851-present.  

The "look and feel" of the New York Times in a library database differs from Newer articles are available in HTML (text) only; 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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