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Bloomberg is a global financial database, which is heavily used in both academic and professional settings. Use Bloomberg to find nearly any type of financial data, including equities, fixed income, indices, commodities, currencies, and more. Bloomberg has data on more than 5 million bonds, equities, commodities, currencies & funds. If a company is publicly traded, Bloomberg will have some information on it. Also included are profiles of over a million people.


Bloomberg can be accessed on three terminals within the Sainsbury Library, or one terminal at the Social Science Library. There are two laptops available to researchers on application to the Sainsbury Library.

The Sainsbury Library terminals are mainly for Saïd Business School users, who should use their SBS network account to log into the terminal, then set up a personal Bloomberg account.

The Social Science Library terminal is accessible to any full University member. Please see the SSL's website for further information.

Data limits

Each Bloomberg terminal has a monthly download limit which is remotely enforced by Bloomberg.  When the terminal is at its monthly limit users will see #N/A LIMIT error message in Excel.  The data limits will automatically reset on the first of the month. 

Please remember that systematic downloading is not allowed.  Be considerate of fellow users - always download only what you need.  


The keyboard

You may have noticed that the keyboards on the Bloomberg terminals look a bit unusual. This is because they are designed so that you can access information very quickly (once you've learned how). There is a headphone jack located at the back of the keyboard, use this for listening to audio on the terminals with your own headphones.



Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) is a 10-hour, self-paced e-learning course that provides an interactive introduction to the financial markets. BMC consists of 5 modules—Economic Indicators, Currencies, Fixed Income, Equities, and Getting Started on the Terminal—woven together from Bloomberg data, news, analytics and television. For more information, and a breakdown of the modules, please visit the Bloomberg website.

Sign up to BMC by typing BMC <GO> on any Bloomberg terminal.



Bloomberg has lots of cheat sheets and tips - type BU <GO> on the terminal to access.

For specific, or more detailed questions, use the HELP button to send an email to Bloomberg support. They should respond within 24 hours.


Bloomberg has an Office API which means you can download and manipulate data using Excel. Type XLTP <GO> to access a library of Excel templates.

You will need to install the Office add-in when you use each terminal for the first time. To do this, select Start > All Programs > Bloomberg > Install Microsoft Addins. This will enable a Bloomberg tab in Excel.