Answered By: Mallory Jallas
Last Updated: Nov 28, 2017     Views: 1782

Our NYTimes Group Pass provides users with full access to and the smartphone apps.*

• Enjoy access to from any device.
• Once activated from within your school’s network, a Group Pass can be used from any location for the duration of your license period.

New Users: How to Activate a Pass

1. Visit the New York Times Group Pass website:

2. Create a account using your preferred email address. If you already have a account using your school email address, you may log in with those credentials.
3. If you are a student and you enter a graduation date during sign up, your pass will remain active until graduation. If you are registering as Faculty/Staff/Administrator or Other/Non-Academic, the expiration date and time of your pass will appear when you start your access.
4. Go to and enjoy your full access from any location!

Returning Users

Once you have activated the Group Pass provided by your academic institution, it should allow you full access until your expiration date with no further action on your part. However, if for any reason while on you are served the message that you are reaching the limit of free articles on the site, do the following:
Make sure you are logged in to the account with which you activated your Group Pass. If you log out of your account or visit on a device where you are not logged in, you can simply log in to your account to continue enjoying access.

If your Group Pass has expired:

Visit to activate a new pass. A new pass will be available to you if your institution has designated additional access periods and you activate it while physically within your institutional network on campus. For example, if each pass at your institution lasts XX Days, you may revisit as necessary to continue your access. Make sure you are logged in to the account with which you activated your Group Pass.

Smartphone Apps:

Your Group Pass includes access to The New York Times via the NYTimes smartphone apps. To download your free smartphone apps by visiting:

Group Pass FAQ’s

Why use the Group Pass to read The New York Times online?
The New York Times charges for full access to its digital edition, Visitors to the site are capped at viewing 10 articles each month before charges take effect. The Group Pass gives you unlimited access to all content on the site, with the exception of a limitation on the number of articles you can view from the archive period 1923-1980.
I already have a digital subscription. What should I do?
If you have an existing paid digital subscription, you are not eligible to activate a Group Pass. You should continue to access The Times via your own subscription.
Should I cancel my existing subscription to make use of the site license access?
The New York Times Academic Site License has some restrictions that your personal subscription does not have.
What are the restrictions?
Site license access does not include the tablet apps. At this time, access to articles from the date range 1923 to 1980 is limited is limited to 5 articles for the entire duration of your pass.
Can I access The Times off-campus?
Yes, as long as you have previously activated your Group Pass from within your school’s network, e.g. its designated IP ranges while on campus. You cannot activate a Group Pass from a proxy server from an off-campus location.
Can I access the Times 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 Group Pass. Mobile apps for tablets are not part of the Group Pass. However, you can access the mobile site ( using your smartphone or tablet running one of the above operating systems.
Why am I asked to log in 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 log back into to, but you still have your Group Pass.
Do campus alumni have access?
No, only current students, faculty and staff are entitled to activate a Group Pass.
Are there other New York Times resources available on campus?
Musselman Library has historical access to the New York Times dating back to 1857. For more information please ask a librarian.  

I still need help!

If you are still experiencing problems, contact a librarian at Musselman Library for more help.


*Does not include e-reader editions, Premium Crosswords or The New York Times Crosswords apps. NYTimes apps are not supported on all devices. Access to archived articles within the date range 1923-1980 is limited. Other restrictions may apply