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Bloomberg FAQs

How do I log into Bloomberg?

Location of the Bloomberg terminal (standalone computer), reserving or booking time on the terminal, and starting the program

The Bloomberg terminal is available at standalone computer #1 on the third (main) floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library (Burnaby campus). Book or reserve time on this computer (SFU students, staff, and faculty only).

On the Bloomberg terminal, open Bloomberg if it isn't already open: Start > Programs >  Bloomberg 

Logging in

Open the Bloomberg program and press the green <Enter - GO> key to get to the main log-in screen.

Note that your SFU ID will not work at this point. You need to either use the general Bloomberg username and password or set up your own personal Bloomberg username/ID.

Using the general username and password

Current SFU faculty, staff, and students only may use the general username and password.

Note that using this general ID will not allow you to register with Bloomberg for a Bloomberg certificate. You will, however, have full access to all the other Bloomberg content and services. If you want to work toward a Bloomberg certificate, you will need to create your own Bloomberg ID/username.

Registering for your own Bloomberg username and password

You may also register with Bloomberg to get your own username and password.

Note, however, that choosing to create your own ID is absolutely voluntary. You will be able to complete all SFU coursework using the general username and password mentioned above. If you choose to create your own Bloomberg ID, first read the following Protection of Privacy notice as well as the tips on the procedure for registering with Bloomberg.

Protection of privacy notice

The Library makes the Bloomberg service available to you for your convenience. Your use of personal log-in IDs for the Bloomberg service at SFU is voluntary.  Please be advised that the personal contact information you disclose to establish a Bloomberg account is stored on servers located in the United States of America. When you use this service, no personal information about you is collected by or for SFU. Canadian privacy laws do not apply to personal information you provide directly to Bloomberg.

Your creation and use of a personal log-in ID for Bloomberg is an implicit acknowledgement that you have read, and agree with, this notice.

Procedure for registering your own Bloomberg username and password

From the main login screen,  click on "Create a New Login" to create your own account. Follow the instructions to fill out the registration form.

  • Note that the Bloomberg registration form is designed for corporate and government offices. Many of the questions they ask don't fit our "academic" use of the database. For example, when they ask what sort of institution you are with, they don't give you an option to choose "university." If the field is required on the form but doesn't fit your description, just choose any of the options they offer.
  • You must provide an SFU email address. According to Bloomberg, the only time they will use this address is to send you announcements about any Bloomberg training events to be held in Vancouver.
  • You must also have a mobile phone and provide the number as part of the registration process. Bloomberg will call or text you within a few minutes of your submitting the form to give you an activation code. You must be still at the Bloomberg terminal when they call/text you. According to Bloomberg, they do not use the phone number you provide them after that initial call.
  • You have the option to receive the free Bloomberg Markets magazine. If you want to get this magazine, be sure to tell Bloomberg your home or office address -- either when they call you on your mobile phone, or by pressing the <Help> key twice and chatting online with a Bloomberg representative once you have logged in for the first time. Otherwise, the magazine will be sent to the Library, and it will be either given away or discarded.
  • Bloomberg may ask for your month of birth during the registration process. This is for their "Bloomberg biographies." You can choose to not disclose that information.

Where can I get help with Bloomberg?

Documentation from Bloomberg

Bloomberg provides detailed documentation on the content and functionality of the database, including videos, sample spreadsheets, and more. When you are on the Bloomberg machine, enter <BU> to get to the main help page.

Some examples of the help documents available within Bloomberg:

Contact a Bloomberg representative

If you want to contact Bloomberg representatives directly, press the Help key twice.

Back to the Bloomberg description page.