Complimentary Newspaper Subscriptions

Thanks to the efforts of the CUNY libraries, complimentary access to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal digital editions are now available to anyone with a valid email address.

New York Times Access

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Sign up for a New York Times Academic Pass »

NYT Complimentary Access Instructions

  1. To claim or renew your academic pass: Go to or click the yellow button above (opens in new window).
  2. Click on Register and follow the instructions to create a account using your John Jay email address.
  3. At the bottom of the Welcome page, click Continue.
  4. You will then see a Check Your Email message. Look for a "Confirm Your Email Address" message, which should arrive to your John Jay email within 15 minutes. If you do not get a confirmation email, check your spam filter. If you still do not receive it, send an email from your John Jay email account to
  5. Click on the link in the confirmation email to activate your subscription.
  6. Once you have created an account, always use your John Jay email address to log in to your account at
NYT Details

What does your academic pass include? As of January 2016, your free pass now entitles you to all three versions – website, smartphone app, and tablet app! Smartphone and tablet apps can be downloaded from or for free from your service's app store, but see below for special instructions if you already have a pass and want to download the tablet app. It does not include e-reader editions, Premium Crosswords, or New York Times Crosswords apps.

Ongoing use and renewal: Your subscription will last 52 weeks (364 days) from your sign-up date and can be renewed again for free with your CUNY email address next year. If for any reason within a year after you sign up, you are served the message on that you have reached the limit of free articles on the site, make sure you are logged into with your school email address.

What if you already have a paid account associated with your John Jay email address? Do you need to create a new account to claim a Academic Pass? No, log in to your account and then visit You will be asked to confirm your email address.

Canceling an existing subscription: If you already have an annual subscription to the New York Times with your John Jay email address, you can cancel it and receive a refund. Note that you may not want to cancel a personal subscription if it includes features not included with the Academic Pass (e.g., print edition delivery or tablet app). If you wish to continue your own access (for example, If you get the print edition with online access), but also want to use the John Jay version, we suggest you change your original subscription to a personal email address. 

Accessing older New York Times articles: Access to articles on for the date range 1923 to 1980 is limited to 5 articles for your annual subscription period. However, the John Jay College Library provides full access to New York Times Historical File with digitally reproduced pages from every issue starting in 1851.

Downloading the tablet app if you already have a free pass: Follow these steps to deactivate and then reactivate your pass in order to obtain privileges for the tablet app:

  1. On the NYTimes website, click your username in the top right. (If your username doesn’t appear, click the “Log In” button and log in to your account.) Click “My Account” and then, under “Digital Subscription,” click “Cancel.” Then log out of your NYTimes account.
  2. After you’ve logged out, go to Log in with the same John Jay email address and NYTimes password you used in the past. Check your John Jay email account and click the verification link sent from to reactivate your pass.
  3. On your tablet, go to the app store (App Store on iPads, Play Store on Android devices) and search for and download the appropriate NYTimes tablet app. Open the app  then log in with your John Jay email address and NYTimes password.

Wall Street Journal Access

Wall Street Journal on laptop, tablet, and smartphone

Sign up for a Wall Street Journal Academic Pass »

WSJ Complimentary Access Instructions

How to activate your digital subscription:

  1. To claim or renew your academic pass: Go to Create your WSJ partnership account or click the yellow button above (opens in new window).
  2. Sign up with your email address
  3. Check your email for an account verification message
WSJ Details

When does my digital subscription expire?

Student: When a student activates their membership, they are required to input their graduation date & year. This is their membership expiration date. If they graduate later than expected and lose access, they can re-activate their membership.

Faculty/Staff: All faculty & staff retain WSJ membership for one year after activating. After that, they will have to re-activate their membership.

What if I already have a WSJ subscription?

Current subscribers can call 1-800-JOURNAL (1-800-568-7625) to switch from their paid subscription to the membership through their campus and they will be refunded the remaining balance of their subscription.

What your digital subscription includes

  • Access to (articles 1997 to present)
  • WSJ mobile and tablet apps
  • A newsletter of curated content sent to your inbox every month (optional)
  • WSJ+: complimentary access to events, offers and experiences, including travel, dining, and theater

What about older WSJ articles?

The Wall Street Journal database, to which the library provides access, contains WSJ content from 1984 until the present (today's print edition).

The New York Times Academic Pass is provided for all CUNY students, faculty, and staff by the CUNY Libraries.