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What does the subscription include?

Image of a person reading a tablet computer while seated by a microscope. Text reads: "The New York Times: Knowledge for class. Knowledge for life."Mount Holyoke College now has a group subscription to the New York Times website,! This means current Mount Holyoke students, faculty, and staff can get free Basic Digital Access to You can pay for extras like Games or Cooking on your own.

Along with 24/7 breaking news, MHC's access includes:

  • Archives (dating back to 1851)
  • Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality - found in the App; NYT stories told through enhanced technology
  • Daily 360 content - two dimensional, 360° views (with mobile device or using a mouse)
  • Podcasts (including The "Daily" podcast)
  • All multimedia, including video, photography, VR features, and new multimedia to come.
  • Newsletters (there are a variety of topics that you may subscribe to)
  • Spanish and Mandarin Chinese versions of
  • Access to the New York Times education resource website, (resources for instructors)

How to register your MHC email for free access

Banner image that reads "The New York Times activate your free access today."

If you don't already have a personal subscription to

Visit and follow the directions there to access your account. 

A few tips:

  • Make sure that the web browser you are currently using (we suggest using a Chrome incognito window) is not already logged into
  • Make sure that the web browser you are currently using is not logged into any Gmail account (including your Mount Holyoke email account). We recommend that you create a unique password for your account rather than logging in using your Gmail credentials.
  • Follow the on screen instructions to finish setting up your account  - make sure to use your email address!
  • Note that when the instructions ask for an alternative email address you can leave this blank - it's not a required field.
  • Once you're finished following all of the steps, you can confirm that your account is properly set up by visiting, making sure you're logged out, then logging in again using your new account. if you look in Account > Subscription overview, it should say "Basic Digital Access, Group access."

If you already have a personal subscription to using your MHC email account

First you may want to consider what your current subscription includes before deciding whether or not to take advantage of the Mount Holyoke subscription. If you do decide to take advantage of the MHC Basic Digital Access subscription, you'll need to cancel your existing subscription:

  • Visit
  • Click on the LOG IN button and follow the instructions to login
  • Click on Account and select Subscription Overview
  • Scroll to the bottom of the Subscription Overview page and click on Cancel Your Subscription. There's an online cancellation form as well as options for canceling via chat or phone if you have any questions and would like assistance.
  • Note that your personal subscription will not actually cease until the end of the current billing cycle.

Once you’ve canceled your Basic Digital Access subscription (or modified your subscription to include only extras like Games or Cooking that you'd like to continue paying for), follow the instructions in the "If you don't already have a personal subscription to" section above to get access via MHC's group subscription.

Mobile access

New York Times app displaeyed on a tablet and a smartphoneOnce you've created your account, you can download The New York Times app for your smartphone or tablet. Visit The New York Times App or search for "The New York Times" on your device's app store.

When might I want to access The New York Times on ProQuest instead?

The library also offers access to New York Times articles via these ProQuest databases:

While is better for up-to-the-minute news, multimedia content, and the Spanish and Mandarin Chinese editions of The New York Times, ProQuest offers better access to the newspaper's historical content with more sophisticated searching capabilities.

Still need help?

Schedule an in-person or Zoom appointment with a Research Services librarian:


You can also contact the New York Times' support team for education account holders at or call their customer care team at 800-591-9233.

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