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Bloomberg Guide

Learn how to access and use Bloomberg at NYU Libraries.

What is Bloomberg?

Bloomberg Terminal monitor and keyboard.Bloomberg 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. Higher education terminals - including NYU's terminals - do not include the trading module and market data is delayed by 15 minutes.

The Bloomberg terminal also affords access to our susbcription via the BBG command.

Access Updates

  • Account resets: Is your account from last semester not working? Inactivity for 90 days turns your account off, and requires you to follow the prompts to reinstate your account.
  • Bloomberg ceased offering covid-era remote access to all corporate and academic clients on June 30, 2022. All individuals must use Bloomberg on NYU's campuses, at physical terminals.

Location of NYU Libraries' Bloomberg Terminals

Bobst, Brause, and Dibner Terminal Policies


  • Access is limited to currently enrolled/employed members of New York University.
    • Alumni, Friends of Bobst Library, visitors, guests, consortial borrowers (MaRLI, OCLC Shares, etc), and individuals in NYU programs without library privileges (such as continuing education "certificate" or "diploma" programs) are not eligible for access and are encouraged to visit New York Public Library's Bloomberg terminals.
  • Bloomberg terminal hours are the same as Bobst Library's "Open Stacks" hours (5th floor terminals) and "Lower Level" hours (Lower Level 1 terminal).
  • Do not, under any circumstances, share your Bloomberg account credentials with another person or allow them to use your account.


  • 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 cannot be removed from the terminal (rather, only your analysis of the data may be removed).
  • Review the "Desktop API Guidelines" document (via the DAPI command) to ensure that you are in full compliance with Bloomberg's rules.


  • Please limit your use of the terminal to 25 minutes when others are waiting.
  • Unattended items at the Bloomberg terminal will be removed immediately. 
  • Individuals on the terminal who are not actively using Bloomberg may be asked to move. Users of the Bloomberg software receive first priority.
  • Individuals using the Bloomberg terminals are held to the Library's Code of ConductUniversity Student Conduct Policy, and their School's code of conduct.

Alternatives to Bloomberg

If you cannot visit campus to use Bloomberg, these other products may be useful as a substitute: 

See also: Finance and Financial Data Research Guide