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Getting Individual Access

Full text access is available to the Washington Post and New York Times through their online websites, the Databases A-Z list, or through their item records in VCU Libraries Search (Washington Post | New York Times). Access is handled differently for each paper:

  • Washington Post: When connected to the campus network, you can go directly to and receive full content access without having to log in. However, to save articles, subscribe to newsletters, use the app, or to access articles when off the campus network, you can create a Washington Post account with your VCU email to activate individual access.

  • New York Times: Users can activate their free NYT Academic Pass account by going to when connected to the campus network. Once activated, the  academic pass is valid through the student’s year of graduation; faculty and staff passes are valid for four years, and can be renewed.  

  • Wall Street Journal: To create an account, go to and sign in using your VCU login. Users have the option of signing up as a student (an expected graduation date must be provided), staff, or professor.

Richmond Times Dispatch and Other Virginia Papers

Use the database Access World News to find Virginia papers, including the Richmond times Dispatch and the Virginian Pilot. From the home page, click on Richmond Times Dispatch Historical and Current button to the right. For other Virginia Papers, click on the button marked USA - Virginia.  Use the search box at the top of the page for subject  or person searching.