Through a partnership with the New York Times, the California State Library announced that nearly all of the 1,200 public libraries across the state will offer their patrons free NYTimes.com access.
California’s 23 million library card holders in the state may access NYTimes.com by visiting nytimes.com/register on a library computer, or on their own device while connected to the library’s Wi-Fi. Library card holders can access nytimes.com from anywhere through their library’s website. Residents without a library card may visit their local branch to apply for one. The program will also include monthly events at select library branches.
This offer features direct access to nytimes.com from 1851 to right now, including:
- All regular newspaper content (articles, editorials, etc.)
- All multimedia, including video, photography, VR features and all new multimedia to come
- Spanish and Mandarin Chinese versions of nytimes.com
- Personalized access, including e-mail newsletters such as California Today, mobile apps for phones and tablets, with customizable news feeds, and article recommendations based on topics you most commonly read about.
The State Library is supporting this resource for California public libraries for at least the next 18 months.
“A library card is the best bargain around, and having free access to The New York Times makes your library card even more valuable,” said Greg Lucas, California’s state librarian. “We’re excited to partner with The Times to make an important news source available to Californians at their local library. To say nothing of the creative lesson plans in the Learning Network.”
“California is home to one of our biggest cohorts of readers, so we know that Californians value quality journalism that helps them understand not just the news that impacts their communities, but also what’s happening at the global level,” said Hannah Yang, head of subscription growth at The New York Times. “While we’ve been in most of the major city libraries throughout the state for some time, this state-wide initiative will provide all residents with an incredible opportunity to explore the depths of Times journalism in all of its forms, across dozens of topics ranging from news and politics to food and culture.”