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New York Times Academic Pass

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The Alfred 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.

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 Alfred University email address to participate.

Get Started:

 Go to

1.   Choose "Create Account" and enter your Alfred University email address and a password of your choosing (this password is used only for logging in to Click on "Create Account"

3.   You will then see "Check your e-mail." Look for the message, Confirm Your E-Mail Address, which should arrive within 15 minutes. If you don’t get the confirmation e-mail, check your spam filter.

4.   Click on the link in the confirmation e-mail. This will simultaneously verify your eligibility and grant your Academic Pass, which will provide access to for 365 days.


If you have previously registered on, but have not registered with your Alfred University e-mail, you will need to change your account information. To do so, log in to, click on your login name on the very upper right. When the drop down box opens, click on “My Account” and change your e-mail address to your campus e-mail 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 you have access for the period of time specified. Note that you will need to re-register periodically.

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 e-mail address. Go to Your pass should again be active.

Smartphone Apps

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

Go to the following link to access:

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. Academic Pass Benefits

·       Enjoy your access to from any device

·       Use your Academic Pass from any location

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Academic Site License FAQ’s

If you are having problems accessing your Academic Pass, click the link below:

Troubleshooting Guide »

I keep having to log into with my e-mail 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 before deciding one way or another.

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 1986 is limited is limited to 5 articles for the 364-day period. For additional access to the print and electronic versions of the New York Times through the Alfred University Libraries, see this link.

Can I access the Times off-campus?

Yes, as long as you have registered using your campus e-mail 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 campus alumni have access?

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

I still need help!

If you are still experiencing problems, contact NYT site license support at for assistance.

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