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Access to Bloomberg is only available in the Library for Management and Economics students and staff. There is 1 Bloomberg terminal at Birkbeck Library, which is located near the Help Desk on the first floor of the Library.

Each slot is one hour long, and you can book up to a week in advance. The Bloomberg terminal is available to book during the following hours:

Monday - Sunday: 9am – 11:30pm

NB: Please ensure you book a terminal to guarantee your session. All bookings will have priority. If there is no booking, the terminal is free to use. The terminal is available when the Library is open, usually 8:30am-11:45pm, 7 days a week during term time. Click here to check opening hours.

What does it cover?

  • Bloomberg provides the very best in data, news and analytics. The Terminal is a 24-hour, global financial services system that provides transparent and reliable financial, economic and government information covering all market sectors. It features company financials, market data spanning more than 20 years, charts, statistics, a communications platform and current news reports.

Help using Bloomberg

  • Getting started guide for students.
  • Enter HELP <GO> within Bloomberg for an online user guide to the overall logic and navigation of the Bloomberg.
  • Bloomberg cheatsheet
  • The database is relatively easy to use and if you do get stuck help is available online 24-7 via a unique interactive help chat window. Press <HELP> twice to connect.
  • Bloomberg Essentials Online training programme (BESS) is an introductory training programme that teaches you how to use Bloomberg. The training programme that takes 6-8 hours to complete. To access the training programme, search for BESS and press <GO>. The training consists of two components the "Core Program" and which teaches you how to navigate Bloomberg and how to download data, and a "Market Sector Program" which provides more in-depth knowledge for four sectors (Equity, Fixed Income, FX, Commodities).
  • Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) is an 8 hour self-paced e-learning course that provides a visual introduction to the financial markets. BMC consists of 4 modules – Economics, Currencies, Fixed Income and Equities – woven together from Bloomberg data, news, analytics and television.
  • Some guidance to finding some types of data are here.