Get free access to ‘New York Times,’ ‘Wall Street Journal’ through VU Libraries’ News Desk portal

The Heard Libraries homepage with the "News Desk" portal. (Vanderbilt University)
The Heard Libraries homepage with the “News Desk” portal. (Vanderbilt University)

The Vanderbilt community can access award-winning news stories in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal through the “News Desk” portal on the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries homepage.

The portal connects students, faculty and staff to current as well as historical news sources.

The portal includes two radial buttons for accessing those papers and three other buttons that connect to the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, other news sources, and tools for determining accuracy and objectivity.

Opening an account only takes a couple of minutes. Students, faculty and staff can activate their subscription to the Wall Street Journal via the radial button on the portal link. After signing in with a VUNetID and password, new subscribers must complete a short registration form before they are logged in with full access to

Students, staff and faculty can take immediate advantage of their Times subscription by going to the “News Desk” on the libraries’ main page or by following the instructions in a welcome email they should receive from

Content from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, one of the premier sources for archival footage of news broadcasts for the past 50 years from ABC, CBS and NBC—with additional coverage of CNN and Fox News—is now available across campus via one of the buttons on the libraries’ News Desk portal.

Vanderbilt Library’s collections are especially robust in the area of news and journalism. Users will find research guides and more information about the collections on the library’s website or by emailing Frank Lester, the subject librarian for Political Science/Government Information, Communication Studies, and Cinema and Media Arts.