Contact: Elliot Warren
Acting Director of Library Services
Berkeley Public Library
Berkeley, November 27, 2017. We are excited to share that Berkeley Public Library now offers free access to the New York Times digital edition. This partnership includes access to nytimes.com, including the following features:
- All multimedia, including video, photography, virtual reality features, and all new multimedia to come.
- Spanish and Mandarin Chinese editions.
- World-class curation that fosters engagement and exploration.
- Patrons will be able to enjoy unlimited access to all articles from any Berkeley Public Library location, including on their own device using the library's wifi network. If patrons are outside the library, they will be able to click on a link (https://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/explore/elibrary/new-york-times-digital-edition) on the Library website that will provide free 72 hour access. For either onsite or offsite access, patrons need to sign up for a free account on NYTimes.com, using a valid email address.
Acting Library Director Elliot Warren says that the decision to provide access to the New York Times online edition is based upon the input of thousands of Berkeley residents who answered a survey in June about what kinds of materials they wanted the Library to provide access to. “We heard a loud and clear interest in people getting access to authoritative information sources. We currently buy multiple copies of the print edition of the New York Times, yet only one person can read each subscription and this can be frustrating. The online edition can be read by our patrons simultaneously, allows for interaction such as sharing, social media posting or commenting, and it is updated minute by minute by the Times. We are very thankful that the New York Times is partnering with Berkeley Public Library to expand access.”
For questions, call 510-981-6100
Visit the library’s website: www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.