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The Columbia-Greene Community College Library is thrilled to announce that we have subscribed to The New York Times Academic Pass. This means that anyone with a valid C-GCC e-mail address (students, faculty and staff) can sign up for free access to the website and smartphone apps. It also means that you can cancel your personal subscription to (But first, read the “Restrictions” section below to make sure you want to cancel.) 

How to Register for Your Free Academic Pass:

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Create Account” to create a account using your e-mail address. If you already have a New York Times account (free or paid) tied to your C-GCC e-mail, you need to unlink it from that account before signing up for your Academic Pass. 
  3. After creating your account, you will be prompted to check your e-mail. Look for the confirmation message, which should arrive within 15 minutes.
  4. Click the link in the confirmation email. This will simultaneously verify your eligibility and grant your Academic Pass, which will provide access to for 52 weeks.
  5. If you don’t get the confirmation email, check your spam filter. If you still do not receive it, send an e-mail from your C-GCC e-mail account to

Ongoing Use: Once you have activated your Academic Pass, you should have full access for 52 weeks (364 days) with no further action on your part. If you see a message that you are reaching the limit of free articles on the site, you’re probably not logged in. Simply log back in.

Smartphone Apps: Your Academic Pass includes access to the NYTimes smartphone apps. Also, once you have registered your Academic Pass, you can access on most web-capable devices.


  • Academic Passes do not include print copies, e-reader editions, Premium Crosswords, or The New York Times Crosswords app. The academic pass does include access to a daily mini-crossword.
  • Academic Passes offer very limited access to articles from 1923 to 1980. However, the access to that content can be found in the C-GCC library’s microfilm collection.
  • If you have a personal subscription that includes features not available through the Academic Pass, you may not want to cancel your subscription. (Or you might want to cancel only part of your subscription.)

Canceling a Personal Subscription: To cancel your personal subscription, call NYTimes customer service at 1-800-NYTIMES (698-4637). There may be other things you have to do, depending on the device you have been using to read The New York Times. If you had an annual subscription, you will receive a refund for the unused portion of the year. If you had a monthly subscription, you will not receive a refund for the month in which you cancel.

Please take advantage of this fantastic offer, and spread the word among your C-GCC colleagues. If you have questions, contact the Library at 518-828-4181.