New, expanded access to the New York Times!

The Library is happy to announce expanded access to the online New York Times for Stonehill students, faculty, and staff! We have purchased an Academic Site License, through the Center for Research Libraries and our NERL Consortium.

What does that mean for you?

An Academic Site License using NYTimes Group Passes provides users with full access to and the smartphone apps:

  • The Stonehill community will now have access to all current content, including articles, videos, images, and other multi-media content, available on
  • Enjoy access to from any device.
  • Once activated from within your school’s network, an Group Pass can be used from any location for the duration of your license period.

Is there anything I can’t access?

There’s very little you don’t have access to. However, our new subscription does not include e-reader editions, Premium Crosswords or The New York Times Crosswords apps.

What if I am doing research and want older material?

For full access to early editions of the NYTimes, including those published before 1980, users should still access the New York Times through our Proquest Historical Newspapers subscription (coverage begins in 1851) or our Gale subscription. We also have access to Proquest Digital Microfilm for 2009-present, with a three month embargo. The new Group Pass provides enhanced access to the most recent online content and multimedia materials.

How do I get started?

To activate your pass, you must be on campus and connected to the internet via HillSpot. While physically on campus and on our network:

  1. Go to
  2. Create a account using your school email address. If you already have a account using your school email address, you may log in with those credentials.
  3. When you see START YOUR ACCESS, the expiration time and date of your pass will appear. Each pass must have an expiration date. Our campus setting is that accounts expire after one year, so that each user will only have to register once per year.
  4. Go to and enjoy your full access from any location!

Please note: Once you have activated the Group Pass provided by Stonehill, you will have full access until your expiration date with no further action on your part. However, if for any reason while on you are served the message that you are reaching the limit of free articles on the site, do the following:

Make sure you are logged in to the account with which you activated your Group Pass. If you log out of your account or visit on a device where you are not logged in, you can simply log in to your account to continue enjoying access.

Can I use my Smartphone App?

Yes! Stonehill’s Group Pass includes access to The New York Times via the NYTimes smartphone apps. Download your free smartphone apps by visiting:


Below are answers to frequently asked questions, provided by the NYTimes. If you have further questions, please contact us at or, for technical difficulties, contact the NYTimes site license support at for assistance or View their complete FAQ » Group Pass FAQ’s

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 are capped at viewing 10 articles each month before charges take effect. 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 (However, you have full access to archived articles from 1923-1980 through our other database subscriptions, listed in our Electronic Resources Libguide).


I already have a digital subscription. What should I do?

If you have an existing paid digital subscription, you are not eligible to activate a Group Pass. You should continue to access The Times via your own subscription.


Should I cancel my existing subscription to make use of the site license access?

The New York Times Academic Site License has some restrictions that your personal subscription does not have.


What are the restrictions?

Site license access does not include the tablet apps. At this time, access to articles from the date range 1923 to 1980 is limited is limited to 5 articles for the entire duration of your pass.


Can I access The Times off-campus?

Yes, as long as you have previously activated your Group Pass from within your school’s network, e.g. its designated IP ranges while on campus. You cannot activate a Group Pass from a proxy server from an off-campus location.


Can I access the Times from my mobile device?

There are mobile apps for iPhone/iPod Touch (IOS 5.0+), Android (OS 2.1+), and Windows (7.5 O.S.) phones; these are included as part of the Group Pass. Mobile apps for tablets are not part of the Group Pass. However, you can access the mobile site ( using your smartphone or tablet running one of the above operating systems.


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 campuses alumni have access?

No, only current students, faculty and staff are entitled to activate a Group Pass.