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Bloomberg Professional Service Overview

Bloomberg Professional Service

Bloomberg Machine
In Library Use Only (C.B. "Bud" Johnston Library only) - Not Available Off-Campus

The Bloomberg Professional service is the interactive, financial information network that is Bloomberg's core business. Available 24 hours a day to more than 260,000 professionals in over 100 countries, the service seamlessly integrates data, news, analytics, multimedia reports and e-mail into a single platform. It is used by market professionals around the world to make informed decisions and to complete transactions — in any currency and in a way that is meaningful, accurate, and consistent. For more information, please see the Bloomberg site.

View a Getting Started PDF.

View a short video.

Where Are the Bloombergs Located?

There are 8 Bloomberg terminals located in the C.B. "Bud" Johnston Library (not available in other library locations).

They are designated work terminals - users cannot access them remotely.

The Bloombergs require an active Western Identity -- alumni and guests are not eligible.

The Johnston Library is located:

1255 Western Road in the Ivey Business School, Room 1250
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Bloomberg Certificates

Bloomberg offers training for users with certificates upon completion.

Bloomberg Market Concepts is the recommended course users take if a certificate is required by employers. It is an 8 hour self-paced e-learning course which provides an introduction to financial markets and consists of 4 modules woven together with Bloomberg data, news and analytics.

Bloomberg Essentials BESS<GO> is being phased out by Bloomberg with the introduction of the new Bloomberg Market Concepts BMC<GO> course. The content is still available, but there is no certificate given at the end of the course. For a certificate please complete Bloomberg Market Concepts instead.

Creating a Bloomberg Account

To use Bloomberg you will need to create your own account. Here is how to create one:

  1. Login to a Bloomberg terminal with your Western Identity.
  2. Open the Bloomberg program on the desktop.
  3. Select "Register".
  4. Fill out the information required.
  5. Bloomberg will either text or call you with an activation code to be entered on the terminal before continuing.

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Booking Bloomberg

Any of the 8 Bloombergs can be booked for up to 2 hours per day per person.

To book a terminal please use our Booking System.