Free New York Times through UW-Madison

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Registering for The New York Times through UW-Madison

All necessary information can be found at: duplicated below:

UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff have free access to The New York Times Digital ( through the UW-Madison Libraries. Register for access and create an account by following the steps below.

Registering for The New York Times Digital: Academic Pass

  1. Navigate to by entering it in your browser address bar.
  2. Search for and select the listing for University of Wisconsin Madison – Madison WI.
  3. Follow the instructions provided for on campus or off campus depending on your current location.
    • You will need to log in with your NetID to activate your academic pass.
  4. Create a account using your institutional ( email or use a pre-existing account.
    • If you have an existing paid New York Times subscription, you must cancel it before it may be linked to your school’s program.

For additional information or help creating your account, use Ask a Librarian.

Accessing The New York Times Digital: Academic Pass

Once you have registered and created an account, you can access content of The New York TimesDigital ( by visiting, or downloading the mobile app, and logging in with your account. The activation page is needed only to register for or renew access.

Students will have access until they graduate. Faculty and staff will need to renew once every four years.

Accessing the New York Times through Databases

The New York Times is published in two formats: a print paper and online as New York Times Digital ( The New York Times Digital includes access to some articles and content that are not available in the print paper and are exclusively digital. The Libraries offer online access to articles from the print paper through databases. These databases provide better search capabilities, and access to older or historical content (1923-1980), than does The New York Times Digital and are recommended for research needs.

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