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Washington Post Direct Access Details

Recommended option: Create a free Washington Post account, then link to Georgetown's subscription

Georgetown Washington Post accounts are limited to current faculty, students, and staff only. 

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  1. 1Create your account: Use your GU email address ( to sign up for an account.
    • Go to the Post's home page ( In the top-right corner,  click Sign In.
    • On the Sign In page, scroll down to the bottom and look for "Need an account? Sign up"
    • Already have a personal Washington Post subscription using your GU email? See "Already a Post subscriber?"  section, below.

Once you have created your Post account and signed in:

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  1. 2Link your account to Georgetown's campus subscription
    • Go to the Post home page and click the person icon (may also be your name / email) in the top-right corner.
    • Click My Post.
    • On the next page, click Manage Account.
      • Make sure your email address is verified, if necessary.
    • On the Account page, click Subscriptions and Billing.
    • Click Activate Free Digital Access

Your account should now be linked to Georgetown's direct Post access.

In creating and using a Washington Post account, you are subject to the terms and conditions set by the Washington Post.


Other access options: Library website, Lean Library

If you do not wish to establish a Washington Post account, you can also read the Post via the Library website:

  • Use the Library's link to (also above). If you are off-campus, you'll be redirected through the Library's proxy server. Authenticate with your NetID (if necessary). 
  • Install Lean Library. After installation, you can go directly to and/or a specific article URL. Lean Library will pop up and (after a click) redirect you through the Library's proxy server. You may be asked to sign in with your NetID.

Both Library access and Lean Library access do not work well from off-campus. If you need to regularly access the Post from off-campus, we recommend creating a Washington Post account (see above).

What's included in direct access:

Renewing your Washington Post Direct Access

If your NetID is current and provides access to Library databases, you'll have access to the Post.

  • Student access is active until graduation. After graduation you will lose access to the Washington Post (and other Library databases). 
  • Faculty and staff access automatically renews as long as your employment, or we cancel our campus subscription. 

Already a Washington Post subscriber?

Have a personal WaPo account using your GU email? You can link your existing account to Georgetown's subscription -- start with step 2 (above). Note that Georgetown Washington Post access is limited to current faculty, students, and staff.  

If you have a paid personal subscription: Before linking, you may want to cancel your existing subscription first through the Post Help Center.

Users with Academic Rate subscriptions: If you signed up for access under an "Academic Rate" individual subscription, the Free Digital Access button will not appear until your individual subscription is cancelled and expires. Please link your existing account after your individual subscription expires.

Washington Post for Research

Searching the Post for articles about a specific person or event? Need to go farther back in the archive? The Library has several databases with advanced searching functionality and/or historical access.

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