New Mexico State Library (NMSL) has secured free statewide access to the Palace Project eBook library and the New York Times digital subscriptions, including the Cooking and Games sections, for all New Mexicans. These resources are available through libraries across the state right now.
“New Mexico State Library has been working with libraries and the Connect New Mexico Council to bring better connectivity throughout the state,” said Eli Guinnee, executive director of NMSL. “We wouldn’t be able to offer The Palace Project and the New York Times without that work. It’s crucial to our mission, and the health of our society, that we deliver resources like these into the hands of New Mexicans with as few barriers as possible.”
The Palace Project is an app-based eBook and audiobook lending service. Accessing the service is simple: download The Project Palace app on the App Store or Google Play, search for New Mexico State Library in the app, and then read any of the thousands of available titles. According to The Palace Project’s website, the app supports a variety of accessibility features, including iOS Voice Over and Android Talkback for those with visual impairments, font and color scheme options, and more.
The New York Times digital subscription encompasses the newspaper, New York Times Cooking (Cooking), and New York Times Games (Games). Through the subscription, patrons have access to the New York Times magazine, an incredible resource for journalism, op-eds, reviews, and more. Cooking includes access to a vast library of recipes, “a digital cookbook and cooking guide alike,” built to help “home cooks of every level” hone their skills. Games most prominently features the New York Times Crossword, alongside several brain-teasing games like Spelling Bee and Wordle.
The subscription is accessible to all New Mexicans through their local library, Bookmobile stop, or Books by Mail. The Times, Cooking, and Games will each have their own subscription code, which patrons can receive by contacting their local library. The codes change daily. To access the subscriptions, patrons must input the code in their New York Times account (establishing an account is quick and simple). Once the patron’s subscription is live, it is accessible across all platforms for 24 hours.
The Palace Project is a non-profit service that seeks to “support public libraries in their mission to provide equitable access to digital content” and bolster the relationship between “library and patron.” The New York Times is America’s paper of record.
Established in 1929, the New Mexico State Library is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the guidance of the New Mexico Library Commission. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the New Mexico State Library Foundation through the generous support of donors. The New Mexico State Library provides services that support public and tribal libraries, delivers direct library services to rural populations, state agencies, the visually impaired and physically disabled, and students and citizens conducting research. The library supports public libraries by providing consulting services, offering training and continuing education opportunities, administering the librarian certification program, coordinating a statewide summer reading program and tribal library program, and administering state and federal grants to public libraries.