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Bloomberg Guide

Learn how to access and use Bloomberg at NYU Libraries.

What is Bloomberg?

Bloomberg Terminal monitor and keyboardBloomberg is a terminal-bound financial services platform that provides analysis and quotes for equities (stocks) and indices, company and economic data for the countries of the world, real-time and historical industry and market news, and advanced analytical and data functions. It is an industry standard in the financial services and investment banking industries. NYU's terminals do not include the trading module and market data is delayed by 15 minutes.

NYU now has distance access to Bloomberg due to the pandemic.

Location of NYU Libraries' Bloomberg Terminals

Bobst Bloomberg Terminal Policies


  • Access is limited to currently enrolled/employed members of New York University.
    • Not eligible: Alumni, Friends of Bobst Library, visitors, guests, consortial borrowers (MaRLI, OCLC Shares, New School, etc), and individuals in NYU programs without library privileges (such as continuing education "certificate" or "diploma" programs). These populations are encouraged to visit New York Public Library's Bloomberg terminals.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, share your Bloomberg account credentials with another person or allow them to use your account.
  • Always book your time on the terminal, promptly log off, and delete any unused time/bookings so that other may reserve that time. (Thanks!)
  • Individuals using the Bloomberg terminals are held to the Library's Code of Conduct and the University Student Conduct Policy.


  • Data, screenshots, reports, and other materials downloaded from the Bloomberg terminal should not, under any circumstances, be shared with individuals outside of NYU.
  • Data downloaded via the Excel API should not be shared in any fashion (rather, only your analysis of the data may be shared).
  • Review the "Desktop API Guidelines" document (via the DAPI command) to ensure that you are in full compliance with Bloomberg's rules.


  • Individuals disrupting Bloomberg terminal access for others - by not booking their time or not logging off - may be permanently banned form using our terminals. Bans are permanent and non-negotiable. (Consider using your phone to set a timer that will go off at the end of your booking if you need a reminder.)
  • Report non-compliance: Take a screenshot of any message you receive of a "kick off" or someone logged on during your reserved time. Email us via our form and report "Bloomberg Terminal in Use Without Reservation" and note the date, time, and name. We will respond and request the screenshot.

Alternatives to Bloomberg

Great for beginners: Mergent Online

Used in industry:

  • Capital IQ - Available only to Stern.
  • Refinitiv Workspace (RWS) - Formerly known as Eikon; successor product to Thomson ONE. Coming Fall 2020.
  • Thomson ONE - Works in Internet Explorer only.

Researcher-level and/or contains historical data: