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Instructions for registering for AU-sponsored account on

Create a personal login for

The library provides full access for current faculty, staff, and students to all content on To access that content, users must register for an individual, sponsored account with their university email address.
** Students should use their email address to register to ensure they receive confirmation emails. **

ONLY American University current students, faculty, and staff may register for

  1. Visit and click on 'Sign in' in the upper right-hand corner
  2. Enter your email address in the field
  3. Click on the 'Sign up' link at the bottom to register a new account
    1. If you already have a account with your email address, finish signing in and then go to step 5;
      If you have a Print + Digital subscription with your email address, please send email to
  4. After clicking on the 'Sign up' link at the bottom:
    1. Enter your email address, accept the terms and click 'Continue'
    2. Create a password then click 'Create account'
  5. Once you’ve been redirected to the home page, click on your name in the upper right-hand corner. This will result in the menu being displayed.
  6. Click 'Account Settings'
    1. Make sure your email address is Verified, If not, click 'Unverified" to be sent a  verification email.
  7. Click on the 'My subscriptions' tab (this will be in the dropdown menu on a mobile device)
    1. Click 'Activate free digital access'

Your subscription is now active.

Access Washington Post after registering

After you have registered for a account and activated digital access:

  • Visit
  • Sign in with your credentials -- your email address and the password you created

To view articles located in AU Library Search, log in to and search for the article title there.

What if I have questions about Washington Post access?

Please contact:

American University Library
Electronic Resources Management Unit