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New York Times Academic Pass


Go to the NYT Academic Pass homepage and select Create Account.

Sign up with your UMass email address. Note: You can't claim your pass if your UMass email already exists in the system. See fixes below.
Retrieve the NYT confirmation email from your UMass email account.

Note: Your NYT Academic Pass is good for one year. When a year is up and login fails, return to the Academic Pass homepage to request a new confirmation email.


If you currently have a paid subscription using your UMass email:

Cancel the account by calling NYT customer service.
Go to the NYT Academic Pass homepage and select Create Account.
Set up a new pass using your UMass email address and wait for email confirmation.

If you used your UMass email in a
defunct account:

Go to and change the email address associated with your old account.
Click LOG IN in the upper right, enter your email and password -- or click Forgot Password?
Click your email in the upper right, scroll down to My Account, and Change Email. For lapsed accounts, you don't have to use a real email.
Return to the NYT Academic Pass homepage and select Create Account.

Access - Searching - Teaching & Learning


The NY Times Academic Pass provides full-text access from 1851 to present. Use your UMass email address to login directly from any computer or smartphone, anywhere.  Your Academic Pass is good for one calendar year, then renew your account.

Retirees, Emeriti Access.  Anyone with a valid UMass email address can register for the Academic Pass.

Smartphones Access. Get smartphone access via apps available at Tablets are not supported.


To search backfiles, click the Search button at the top of the screen. Enter a broad search term. The Results screen provides additional filter - by date, section, author and more. You can even remove your search term, specify a date, and see all articles on that date. 

The Academic Pass limits output to five articles a year, 1923 - 1980 due to the Libraries' preexisting subscription to the  Historical New York Times.


Times Topics, at the bottom of the front page, links to articles and multimedia on current issues. It's a great tool for classroom use. Check out Income Inequality, for example.


For E-resource access help, email  For technical access questions, contact the New York Times site license support at


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