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Online Access to the New York Times

The Reed College Library offers all Reed students, faculty, and staff free online access to the New York Times. This means that members of the community have full access to, mobile News apps for iOS and Android, newsletters, and New York Times in Education.

  • Note that the access provided is equivalent to a “basic” subscription level, so it excludes games (like Crossword, Spelling Bee, or Wordle) and some special sections. As of May 2023, it includes the new NYT Audio app for iOS.
  • New York Times in Education is a separate site that links articles to instructional strategies. For more information, see the separate section.
  • Due to copyright limitations, access to archival content dating from 9/18/1851 through 12/31/2002 is limited to 5 PDF article downloads from Times Machine per day per user, but older NYT articles are also available in several of our other databases.

What you need in order to activate or renew your account:

  • An active email address

Before you set up your Reed account:

  • If you already have a account that uses your Reed email address, log out of that account
  • If you already have a paid subscription using your Reed email address, you will need to cancel your paid subscription and then use the following steps after your cancellation is complete

Account renewal:

  • Student accounts are active until graduation
  • Faculty and staff must renew once every four years (the instructions will tell you to add your pass expiration date to your calendar, because they will not send a renewal reminder)

Activate or Renew Your NYT Account

Instructions to activate your account or renew your account. 

  1. Go to and start typing Reed in the search box then select Reed College once it appears.
  2. You will then see an orange box with paths to continue based on whether you are on campus ("click here") or off campus (Go button).
  3. On the next screen, if you do not already have an NYT account using your Reed email address, click Create Account. If you do already have an NYT account tied to your Reed email address, click "Already have an account? Log in here."
  4. When you move on to the next page, don't use the option of Google, Facebook, or Apple to create an account. Instead, enter your Reed email address. Enter a new-to-you password -- for security, do not re-use your Kerberos password.
  5. Choose your status. If you are a student, you must put in your graduation year. (If you are a spring/fall senior, use the following year as your graduation date. For example, if you're due to graduate at the end of the 2023 fall term, use 2024 as your graduation year.)
  6. Verify your account via the confirmation email.



After claiming your access, you can sign into your NYT account directly at from any computer using the same email and password used to create your account. There is no need to go through the library's URL again until your account needs to be renewed.

If you are accessing NYT on a public computer, please remember to sign out.