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Bloomberg Guide

Learn how to access and use Bloomberg at NYU Libraries.

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  • If you are part of the Stern, Tandon FRE, NYU Abu Dhabi, or NYU Shanghai communities, please use the virtual options available exclusively to those respective populations. (GoLocal students who are not in Stern or Tandon FRE degree programs should register for access to Bobst's terminals, even if they are at NYU Abu Dhabi or NYU Shanghai's campuses.)
  • End of pandemic remote access in 2022: Distance access will cease in February 2022. This means that individuals who need to use Bloomberg after that date will need to do so on NYU's campuses, at physical terminals.

Remote Access Login Directions

 If you have not yet set up virtual access, see "Initial Virtual Setup" directions below.

  1. Navigate to
  2. Enter your Bloomberg Terminal username and password. (Not your "Bloomberg for Education" login or your NYU NetID credentials. Don't yet have an account? Read on.)
  3. Verify your identity via email or text.
  4. Click Launch. Open the bba.ica file to start your session. (Do not select the Excel API option unless you need it. It slows down logging on.)
  5.  Bloomberg will launch multiple windows on your desktop, with corresponding buttons in the taskbar.
  6. Use the Bloomberg gear icon to resize windows to better fit your screen.
  7. Remember to logoff at the end of your session. Select the Bloomberg gear icon, then "Exit Bloomberg".

Initial Virtual Setup Step 1: Install Citrix Receiver

Download and install the Citrix Receiver client from this website:

Initial Virtual Setup Step 2: Create a Bloomberg for Education Account

  1. Navigate to Bloomberg for Education's website ( and select "Signup as a Learner". Use your email to create your account.
  2. You will receive an email to verify your identity; click the "Activate My Account" link in that email, which will take you back to the Bloomberg for Education website. Follow the additional instructions there to finish setting up this account.
  3. Click the "Terminal Access" link in the top nav. You will get a message prompting you to get approval from an NYU faculty member. Advance to step 3.

Initial Virtual Setup Step 3: NYU Authorization

  • Request that our NYU administrator approve your account via our "Bobst Bloomberg Terminal Authorization Request" form.
    • Requests over the summer are evaluated and approved on Fridays.
    • Stern, Tandon FRE, NYU Abu Dhabi, and NYU Shanghai should not use this form, but rather find their school contact.
  • When you receive your authorization confirmation email, advance to the next step.

Creating Your Bloomberg Account: Step-By-Step Directions

After opening the Bloomberg software from the desktop:

  1. Select "Create New Login" below the username and password fields on the login screen.
  2. Follow the prompts to set up an account.
  3. Use your personal cell phone number for both your work and mobile number.
  4. Use your NYU email address in the "Corporate Email Address" field. (Non-NYU emails will be rejected.)
  5. Have your mobile phone at the ready, because text is the fastest authentication method. (Hit <GO>/Enter after inputting the validation code to activate the "Next" button, otherwise it will not allow you to advance.)

FAQ: Login Failed Error

Q: I am getting a "login failed / error 730.1 / all terminals in session" message. What should I do?
A: This occurs when all 8 Bobst terminals are in use. Bloomberg ejects idle users after one hour. Because we have a limited number of simultaneous users, please log off when you are done to prevent others from being locked out of terminal access. Plan ahead to make sure you have access to the terminal for any assignments or deliverables. Do not leave using the terminal to the last minute.