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Getting Access via Academic Pass

Schaffer Library is pleased to present to all Union College students, faculty and staff access to the digital edition of the New York Times. The Academic Pass provides you with full access to NYTimes.com and the NYTimes.com smartphone app. 

Get Started:

Go to nytimes.com/passes.

  1. Click on Register to create a NYTimes.com account using your Union email address.

  2. At the bottom of the Welcome page, click Continue.

  3. You will then see Check your email. Look for our message, Confirm Your Email Address, which should arrive within 15 minutes.

  4. Click on the link in our confirmation email. This will simultaneously verify your eligibility and grant your Academic Pass.

  5. If you don’t get our confirmation email, check your spam filter. If you still do not receive it, send an email from your Union email account to edu@nytimes.com

  6. You need to reactivate access after 365 days.  To resume your complimentary access, please claim a new Pass by visiting nytimes.com/passes and following the provided instructions.

  7. Please contact the NYT site support at edu@nytimes.com for all technical access questions.

IMPORTANT: If you wish to subscribe to Union Academic Pass and you already have a subscription (or have registered) with NYTimes Digital and you used your Union email on that subscription, you need to change the email address on that subscription and then use your Union email to get your academic pass.

*Does not include e-reader editions and Premium Crosswords. 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 email address from Union College. Other restrictions may apply.

For technical access questions please contact the New York Times site license support at edu@nytimes.com.

For questions about Union’s digital access to the New York Times, contact Raik Zaghloul at zaghlour@union.edu.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do i cancel my current NYT digital subscription?

To cancel your current digital subscription, please contact ​the New York Times customer service.​

I keep having to log into NYTimes.com with my email 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 NYTimes.com 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.

What are the options for current digital subscribers?

Users with a current subscription have two options:

First, they can keep their existing subscription. Should they want to keep their existing subscription and take advantage of the site license offer, they would need to change their email address to a none "union.edu" email address before securing their academic pass.  A subscriber who has purchased a subscription with tablet access may wish to keep that subscription in lieu of or in addition to the site license offer.

Second, should a user wish to cancel their current subscription, they need to contact customer service to cancel that subscription. That subscription will continue to be active until the end of their billing cycle. Digital subscribers are normally billed in four week increments in advance. Their subscription will remain active until the end of their billing cycle.  They will not be able to secure their academic pass for the site license until their paid subscription expires or they make sure the paid subscription is not reflecting their ".edu" email address.  Having the same ".edu" email address would block the pass validation due to the double entitlement issue.

What are the restrictions?

Site license access does not include the NYTimes.com tablet apps and does not provide full arichival access. For archival access, please use New York Times: Historical Newspapers [1851-2010] database.

Can I access the Times from my mobile device?

There are NYTimes mobile apps for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry 10 and Windows 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 NYTimes.com formatted for mobile users by visiting mobile.nytimes.com using your smartphone or tablet browser.

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.

Do campus alumni have access?

Students, faculty, retirees, and staff will have access via the Academic Pass as long as they have a valid Union e-mail address.