What is the best way to read the NY Times online through the library?
If you are looking to search just the New York Times, and no other newspapers, we have a subscription through ProQuest here: http://search.proquest.com/nytimes/advanced?accountid=28195. This link can also be found in the General Knowledge section of our Databases and Journals page under "New York Times." This allows you to search any New York Times content from 1980 - present. This does include opinion and commentary pieces as well so be sure to designate 'News' under 'Document Type' if you want only news pieces.
This is a database interface so it is not necessarily designed for daily reading, but more for research and information searching. For daily reading, the New York Times only offers personal or print subcriptions, not institutional subscriptions that a library could subscribe to.
If you are looking for news pieces in general, and not specifically New York Times, LexisNexis: http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic/? has access to many newspapers including some NYT content.