The Gilbert Lecture Series was inaugurated in 1998, the year which marked the centenary of the death of Sir John T. Gilbert. The aim of the series is to celebrate the life and work of Gilbert, and the history of Dublin, the city whose past he wished to uncover and bring before a wider public.
The Gilbert Collection: John T. Gilbert's valuable library of mainly 17th and 18th century books and manuscripts relating to Dublin and Ireland was purchased by Dublin Corporation after his death in 1898. It forms the nucleus of the special collections of Dublin City Public Libraries housed in the Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street. See www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie
The award is the world's largest literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. It involves libraries from all corners of the globe, and is open to books written in any language. The Award is administered by Dublin City Public Libraries.