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Ami-nia vizaun, misaun no valores

  • Our Mission, Vision and Values

    Ami-nia Vizaun

    “Kbiit kultura, livru, informasaun no vontade aprende mak tane ita-nia emar atu hetan sira-nia kbi’it rasik”.

    Ami-nia Misaun

    “Atu oferese espasu seguru, inkluzivu no dinámiku ba ema hotu hodi asesu rekursu no informasaun atu muda sira-nia moris”.

    Ami-nia Valores

    Respeita, Integridade, Kualidade, Komunidade, Inkluzaun.

History of Xanana Gusmao Reading Room

The Xanana Gusmão Reading Room (XGRR) was established in June 2000 to serve as a safe place where children, youth, students, and the public at large, could access books and resources with a view to fostering a love of reading within the community.

Library development

Since then, the XGRR has contributed significantly to library development in Timor-Leste and has hosted a range of educational and other activities aimed at nurturing pride in East Timorese culture and promoting skills development.


The Reading Room was established by Kirsty Sword Gusmão, the wife of Timor-Leste’s first post-independence President Xanana Gusmão. As founder and patron, Mrs Gusmão has been involved in its operation ever since it opened.


This complex houses loads of memorabilia from Xanana Gusmão, and there is a library, bookshop, exhibition space, audio visual area and internet available. Artwork on display includes those Xanana Gusmão painted while imprisoned in Jakarta.

Board of Governors

It is the Boards’ responsibility to ensure that the Coordinator is doing his job well and that the XGRR is not at risk. Regular board meetings are held, board members participate in events and fundraising. The board members are as follows:

Patron/Chair: Kirsty Sword Gusmao

Deputy of Chair: Joào Martires


  • Maria Isabel de Jesus Ximenes
  • Sebastian da Silva
  • Mara Bernades de Sá
  • Francisca Maia
  • Jenny Coles
  • Dulce de Jesus Soares
  • Natalino Soares O. Guterres
  • Ilidio Ximenes da Costa
  • Del Bovill


  • Anya Dettman. National Library of Australia
  • Ina Fautua. New Zealand Embassy, Papua New Guinea
  • Patti Manolis. CEO Geelong Libraries, Australia


Our staff is dedicated, wonderful and will be helpful when you visit the Reading Room. We love visitors. We look forward to hosting you.

Permanent Staff

Gaspar Freitas, Manager
Maria Amaral Guteeres, Scholarship Program Administrator
Arsenio da Costa, Digital Library Assistant
Felizarda Tilman, Finance and HR Assistant

Temporary Volunteers

Jose Paulo Jeronimo
Inacio de Loiola Soares
Jeronimo Fernandez

Hugo Egan (UniVol – VSA)