Energy Bills Discount Scheme (EBDS)

From April 26, non-domestic customers that operate in energy and trade intensive industries (ETII) will be able to apply for additional support through the new Energy Bills Discount Scheme portal. A list of those sectors eligible for the additional support can be found on GOV.UK; Libraries & Archives are included in this list.

Getting ready to apply for support

Eligible organisations will have 90 days from the scheme introduction date of 26 April to apply for the higher support. New organisations, or newly eligible organisations will have 90 days to apply from the date at which they become eligible.

Applicants will need to provide information about their organisation or business including:
• contact details
• registered name and address
• company registration number (if you have one)
• up to 4 ETII eligible SIC codes
• whether you pay bills directly to an energy supplier and details of any intermediaries involved (such as a landlord)
• the names of gas and/or electricity suppliers
• The gas or electricity meter point numbers (MPRN or MPAN) associated with the property, found on your bills from your energy suppliers.
• the name of your organisation as it appears on your bill from your energy supplier(s)
• a declaration letter signed by a named director or equivalent of your organisation or business (a template will be provided)
• A template has also been provided to record your meter point numbers. This can also be used when applying [if you have more than 10 meter point numbers per supplier].

In addition to this, you may be asked to provide financial evidence to determine your eligibility. If we require more information, we will contact you. See more on GOV.UK

EBDS Customer Support Team
If you have any questions about the application process, or how you might be eligible, you can contact the EBDS customer support team by phone or by email.
Telephone: 0300 400 5251
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5pm
Saturday, 9am to 1pm


London Mini-Conference – June 2023

Community Libraries Network welcomes you to the first regional mini-conference of 2023, taking place in Ealing, London.

The mini-conference format is designed to encourage intimate discussion and networking, reduce the need for extended travel and showcase a small yet well-formed Community Library.


We will be joined by Isobel Hunter (Chief Executive of Libraries Connected) and Nicola & Roberta (Tech Champions for Social Media & Digital Accessibility at Digital Culture Network).

Lara Marshall from RNIB will also be providing some information and resources on accessibility in libraries.

Clinic Stalls: There will be opportunities throughout the day to speak to Nicola & Roberta to discuss your needs around digital, social media and accessibility. Members of the Community Libraries Network team will also be on hand to answer questions and discuss support and services, including events, training and guidance.

Workshops: All delegates will be able to participate in both workshop sessions during the morning.

There will also be extra information and features celebrating community managed libraries and the wider libraries sector.

We will be scheduling mini-conferences and events in other regions of England & Wales for those wishing to attend from outside of London & the South-East, however, this event is open to delegates from across the country.


You can find the agenda and FAQ on the event page, but for any other queries regarding this event please contact


More Information

Digital Culture Network

The Digital Culture Network provides practical, on the ground help to the creative and cultural organisations and individuals. Our focus is around digital skills and leadership development. We can help you:

  • Explore and harness the benefits of technology to achieve your goals
  • Find new ways to reach and engage audiences
  • Develop sustainable business models.

We can support you in different ways:

  • One-to-one support from a team of Tech Champions specialising in digital content, eCommerce, data analytics, social media, digital strategy, email marketing, ticketing and CRM, websites and search engine marketing.
  • Practical workshops and webinars to improve skills and engage with peers.
  • Signposting to resources and training from us and our partners

National and regional training days delivered with technology partners.

April Newsletter & Network Meeting

Community Libraries Network Newsletter

Our April newsletter is live, you can find it here to read updates and information about the Community Libraries sector: April Newsletter

Sign up to receive future editions of our monthly newsletter here:

Network Meeting – April 2023

The next Community Libraries Network Meeting will be held online on Thursday 27th April @ 11:00am.

This is an opportunity for you to present topics, learning or issues of interest or concern for members to share, discuss or learn from.

In this meeting, we will be covering:

  • Introductions
  • Feature: Katie Reddington (BFI Replay)
  • Network Updates
  • CML Feature: Lesley Brereton (The Place, Manchester)
  • Discussion Groups

If there are any other topics which you would like to be covered, please email