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New York Times Online

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The New York Times




Mason Libraries provides Mason students, faculty, and staff with full and free online access to and NYT mobile apps. Access includes the International, Spanish, and Chinese editions; breaking news articles; blogs; videos, and interactive features. Users can share and comment on articles, set up daily or weekly email alerts by topic or keyword, and save articles or links for later reading. Users are also encouraged to download the NYTimes app, which is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

To Create your NYTimes account  you must login with your Mason credentials to create a NYTimes account. Your username should be your Mason email address. We strongly recommend creating a unique password, different from your Mason credentials. Once you have created your personal account, you can access directly from any location, around campus, the Commonwealth, the country or the world. Each NYTimes Pass confirms your Mason status for one year. If you previously claimed a Pass but it has stopped working, please claim another Pass by following the reactivate instructions.

Faculty are eligible for a New York Times inEducation account. New York Times inEducation provides curated content for a range of disciplines on how to incorporate news content from the New York Times into curricula.

Mason Libraries provide access to other current newspaper holdings, including the Financial Times’ FT.comDow Jones’ Factiva News Page, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Economist Online.


Why use the Pass to read The New York Times online?

The New York Times requires a paid subscription for full access to its website,, and to the NYT mobile apps at Current registered visitors not connected to a pass may only read up to 10 free articles per month. The Pass gives unlimited access to all content on the site, except for a limited number of articles you can view from 1923 to 1980.

What are the restrictions? Passes do not include e-reader editions or digital versions of The New York Times Crossword. NYT mobile apps are not supported on all devices. Access to archived articles from 1923 to 1980 is limited to five articles per 24 hour period. Other restrictions may apply.​

Can I access The Times from off-campus?

Yes, as long as you have previously activated your Pass using the links in the "Creating Your Account" box to the left. 

Can I access The Times from my mobile device?

All Passes provide full access to NYT apps; visit to download. Pass holders can also access and on any device (computer, smartphone, or tablet) with a browser. Mobile apps are supported by most devices.

​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, but you can still use your Pass.