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New York Times at Brown Help Page


How do I access the New York Times through the Brown site license?

To get started:

  1. All users must do a one-time registration to initiate their access.
  2. Go to https://nytimes.com/passes
  3. Click on "Register" to create a NYTimes.com account using your Brown email address. You must use your Brown email address.
  4. At the bottom of the Welcome page, click "Continue."
  5. You will then see "Check your e-mail." Look for NYT’s message, “Confirm Your E-Mail Address”, which should arrive within 15 minutes.
  6. Click on the link in the email. This will simultaneously verify your eligibility and grant your first NYTimes.com Academic Pass. Important Note: The initial email from the NY Times may state that your pass is good for 24 hours. Please ignore that message; it should be resolved soon. The pass is good for 1 year.
  7. Once the initial registration is completed, and a “pass” selected, you will be able to access www.nytimes.com from any location.
  8. You will only need to login again if you actually logoff from the NYtimes.com site

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 the cap.


I already have a NYTimes.com digital subscription. What do I do?

If you have an existing paid NYtimes.com 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 Brown site license?

The Brown Academic Pass site license has some restrictions that your personal subscription may not have. Also, the Library is not guaranteeing access beyond one year at this time. Consider the options carefully before deciding one way or another.


What are the restrictions?

Site license access does not include all of the NYTimes apps, e-reader editions or Premium Crosswords or crossword apps. Site license users do not have the ability to share their digital access. Access to articles from 1987 to date is unlimited, but access to articles from 1923-1986 is limited to 5 per 24 hour period. Additional restrictions may apply.


Can I access the Times off-campus?

Yes, as long as you have registered using your Brown.edu e-mail address and obtained your Academic Pass.


Can I access the Times from 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 the NYTimes.com mobile site (mobile.nytimes.com) or Times Skimmer (nytimes.com/skimmer) using your smartphone or tablet running one of the above operating systems.


I have an NYTimes.com account linked to my Brown email, but I don’t subscribe. Will I be able to access the Times from that account?

Yes, but you will need to login using the URL above, have your Brown.edu e-mail address verified, and pick-up your Academic Pass. You will not need to register for another NYTimes.com account.


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 NYTimes.com, but there is no need to get another Academic Pass.


I am a Brown alum, but not a current student, staff, or faculty member. Will I have access?

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


Does the Library have other New York Times resources?

The Library offers a number of other ways to search and view current and historical content of the New York Times online. From the Library’s homepage (http://library.brown.edu/) use the Quick Link to Ejournals and search for “New York Times” to see all of the online options. The Library also offers daily paper copies at the Rockefeller and the Sciences Libraries.


I still need help!

You may also contact the Library at eresources@brown.edu for assistance.