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Jessie Ball duPont Library

New York Times Academic Group Pass

How to get a free account to

New York Times Online for Sewanee

With your Sewanee email address, you can get free access to and the NYTimes smartphone and tablet apps.

How to Activate

Go to this link:

Fiirst you will get the OpenAthens login scrreen:


Use your Banner login-- your email address WITHOUT, and the same password you use for Banner and your Sewanee email account.

You will then get this screen:

Click on Create Account.

You will then get this screen:


Ignore the Google, Facebook, and Apple logins. Instead, enter your Sewanee email address and choose a password for your NYT account.

You will then get this screen:


Your pass will expire in one year, and you will need to renew it by going to the link provided at the top of these instructions.

You can now go to the regular NYT website at   from any computer in any network and log in with your new account for full access.

More Information

  • Our Group Pass covers computers, laptops, tablets, and SmartPhone devices.
  • Our site license is for current students, faculty, and staff only and it is not available to alumni.
  • The Group Pass gives you unlimited access to all content on the site, with this exception:  at this time, access to articles from the date range 1923 to 1980 is limited to 5 articles per day.
  • Faculty and staff accounts need to be renewed each year. To do that, return to the login page given above and log in. This will renew your account and then you'll be able to log in normally from any location.

Frequently-Asked Questions

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 can view 10 articles each month without paying for them. 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.

What are the restrictions?
At this time, access to articles from the date range 1923 to 1980 is limited is limited to 5 articles per day.

I already have a digital subscription.  What should I do?
If you have an existing paid digital subscription using your Sewanee email account, you are not eligible to activate a Group Pass. You should continue to access The Times via your own subscription. If you are currently a subscriber outside of the site license offer and are registered with a personal email, you can secure an additional subscription under the site license using your campus email address.

Should I cancel my existing subscription to make use of the site license access?
You should evaluate the features available with your current subscription. If you subscribe to the print edition, you have unlimited digital access. If you subscribe to the site and pay for the tablet apps, you may chose to keep that subscription because the site license option doesn't include tablet apps. Also if you need access to more than 5 articles from 1923 to 1980, your existing subscription will let you have those.

If you decide to cancel your existing digital subscription, that subscription will not be stopped until the end of your billing cycle. There are no refunds issued unless you have paid annually in which case you will be refunded the prorated balance.

A link to the NYT subscription options and cancellation policies is in the left column.

Can I access The Times off-campus?
Yes, as long as you have previously activated your Group Pass.

Can I access the Times from my mobile device?
Yes. There are mobile apps for iPhone, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 7+ and Android-powered phones, iPad, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 desktop and tablet, Android-powered tablets.

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?
The Library has access to the New York TImes in print and in several databases. See below.