Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Waidner-Spahr Library

Special Access Instructions for E-Books & Online Newspapers: NY Times

A guide providing special instructions for accessing e-books and specific journals.

On/Off Campus and Mobile Device Access

The library New York Times subscription allows current Dickinson faculty, students, and staff to access the paper's online edition whether on or off campus, using a browser or the NY Times App on your smartphone.

  • You have to register for a Group Pass in order to use the subscription. After you register the account, you should be able to log into the NY Times site or smartphone app from anywhere and have access.
  • Once registered, a student group pass is valid until graduation.  Faculty and staff will need to renew registration annually (provided you are still affiliated with Dickinson).  See renewal instructions below.
  • Access to the crossword puzzle and tablet apps is not included in the subscription.
  • Content dating back to 1998 is included in the subscription, but access to older material may be restricted. Full text databases, such as ProQuest Historical Newspapers (1851-2008) and Nexis Uni (1980-present), may be better for searching historical content.

For more information, please consult the NY Times webpage:

First Time Registration instructions

  1. Visit the Group Pass registration page. Once there, you will select Dickinson College from the drop-down list and be prompted to register for an account.
  2. Click on create an account.
  3. Use your email for the username and create your own password.
  4. You will then be taken to a page that says "Start your access" with the end date of the subscription. You can then click "Go to".
  5. You are all set to use on and off campus. Simply log in directly to NY using the login credentials you created in step 2.
    • Group Pass registration is required no more than once a year.  There's no need to go through this process again until you are alerted that your Group Pass has expired.

Renewing a Group Pass

Once registered, a student group pass is valid until graduation.  Faculty and staff will need to renew registration annually (provided you are still affiliated with Dickinson).  

1. Navigate to the Dickinson Group Pass registration page

2. Select your registration option, based on whether you are on or off-campus. If you're off-campus, you will need to enter your Dickinson login when prompted.

3. Click "Already have an account? Log in here"

4. Log in with your existing NYT username (your email address) and password

Once completed, your digital access will be restored and you may navigate directly to from any web-enabled device (you won't need to repeat this process for another year).

Having problems obtaining a Group Pass?  Be sure to confirm that you don't have existing subscriptions connected to your Dickinson email.  See notes below under "If you have a personal subscription."

If you have a personal subscription

If you have a personal subscription to, and it is associated with your Dickinson email address, you will need to cancel this subscription in order to gain access to the subscription provided by the Waidner-Spahr Library.  This includes subscriptions to special features included in the institutional subscription (e.g. NYT Cooking). 

See the member center for contact information. 

Users with a personal subscription to the NYT Crossword only can maintain that subscription and still access the Dickinson subscription, as the Crossword is not included in the Dickinson package.

Ask a Librarian

Text us: 717-366-6623
Liaison Librarians by Department

Circulation desk: 717-245-1397

NY Times Educational Resources

NY Times Educational Resources

Teaching and co-curricular materials for a wide range of disciplines are available from the New York Times as part of our campus site license.

Visit and click the "Register" link in the upper right corner.  From there, follow instructions to create an account. mobile app

  1. Follow the steps above to create a Group Pass account.
  2. Download the free NY Times app for your smartphone or tablet. (The NY Times website lists the apps that are available.)
  3. Once the app has downloaded, log in with the credentials you created in step
    • If the app does not recognize you as a subscriber, try renewing your group pass first, then logging in again to the app.
  4. Full mobile access is included.

Subscription limitations

  • Crosswords are not included in the subscription. However, the Book Review is included.
  • Videos can be shared, linked to, or attached to a blog, but cannot be downloaded to a computer.
  • Date restrictions: Users can only download 4 articles per month from 1923-1986. We recommend using the library's archival NYT databases for historical articles.