New York Times

Claim your free New York Times digital account and search their archives.

Free NYT Access

All Harvard students, faculty, and staff can activate a free digital subscription to the New York Times.

Claim your account

You'll have access to:

  • A personal account with full digital access to news
  • Digital content, from mid-1990s to present, including videos, podcasts, and interactive media
  • New York Times articles from 1851 to present, from the print and digital editions

Things to know:

  • Students will have access through their graduation year
  • Faculty and staff will have access for four years
  • Crossword puzzles, games, Cooking, the Wirecutter, and similar products aren't included
  • Access is for current students, faculty, and staff only
  • If you don’t access your account for 6 months, your account may be subject to deactivation to accommodate new Harvard users. You are welcome to claim your account again if this happens to you. If you run into trouble, you can report a problem.

Do you already have an account?

Users who currently have a digital subscription with the New York Times can follow these steps to set up a free account through Harvard Library.

If you have a paid personal account...

If you have a paid personal account, and you'd like to change it to a free Harvard-sponsored account, you'll need to cancel your personal account before you can claim your free account.

To cancel an existing account, please contact New York Times Customer Care:

If you have an existing account through Harvard...

Any existing accounts from HKS, HLS, HBS, and HSPH users will need to be re-activated. Every account holder will receive a message directly from the New York Times with registration instructions on the morning of June 1, 2021. If you run into trouble, you can report a problem.

Past issues of the New York Times

To access the NYT without a digital subscription, HarvardKey holders can also use ProQuest or Nexis Uni.

1851 to 2014

Use ProQuest Historical to search full text and images from 1851 through 2014. It includes news, illustrations, editorials and advertising.

1980 to Present

To use Nexis Uni to search text from 1980 to the present day:

  1. Select the Menu drop down at the top of the search screen and choose "All Sources."
  2. Use the search box to the left to search for The New York Times.
  3. Select The New York Times source you're interested in and click the down arrow to the right, then select "Add source as a search filter."
  4. Complete your search in the search bar at the top of the page.