• Xanana Gusmão Reading Room

    Find out why the Reading Room is a much loved community space in Dili

  • Xanana Gusmão Reading Room Museum

    Discover Timor-Leste’s historical journey and celebrate today’s art and culture

  • Xanana Gusmão Reading Room Library

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  • Dynamic Space at the Reading Room

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A free public library, museum and community space in Dili, Timor-Leste.

Open Hours
Monday–Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed

“In 2000, the year I established the Sala Leitura Xanana Gusmão, Timor-Leste was still getting back on its feet in the wake of a long and violent struggle for self-determination. I wanted this little Reading Room to be a place for people, particularly the young, to rediscover a sense of purpose through books and learning. And to find hope and a sense of pride in their identity as a brave people in the newest nation of the 21st century! Come with me and explore this special place.”
Kirsty Sword Gusmão
Founder, Xanana Gusmão Reading Room

The Library

Our library at the Xanana Gusmão Reading Room is open for the public and is home to an extensive collection of books and multimedia materials. Our collections include a wide range of topics and children’s books/activities. Our library catalogue is also available to view online. Customers within the library can access free internet and learn about Timor-Leste and its history through our audio-visual selections.

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The Museum

The museum at the Xanana Gusmão Reading Room will enable you to immerse yourself in Timor-Leste’s historical journey to independence and celebrate today’s art and culture. Come visit our permanent and temporary rolling exhibitions by local and international artists. There are a diverse array of events and exhibitions happening at the museum on any given day. A fusion of art, music, culture and current affairs. Come visit us.

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The Xanana Gusmão Reading Room is a free for the public library, museum and community space in Dili, Timor-Leste. The Reading Room was opened in June of 2000 by founder Kirsty Sword-Gusmão with the goal of being a safe, open space for the community to learn and thrive- a culture that continues to be upheld today in everything that we do. Sign up to our newsletter to keep in touch with what we are doing.

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Uluk nanain Sala Leitura hakarak hato'o deskulpa ba maluk kompetitor sira ne'ebe mak hein kleur rezultadu ba kompetisaun hakerek istoria ba labarik ho lian mambae etapa 2. Relasiona ho situasaun Pandemia Covid19 no mos Estadu Emergencia halo ami taka no limita provizoriomente ami nia aktividade no espasu sira tan ne'e fo mos implikasaun ba kompetisaun ida ne'e no halo ami tarde atu publika sai manan nain ba kompetisaun ida ne'e. Ami hein katak ita boot sira hotu bele komprende situasaun ne'ebe mak ami enfrenta.
Ami hakarak hato'o parabens ba maluk manan nain sira no mos obrigado barak ba maluk kompetitor sira ne'ebe mak fo ona imi nia tempo hodi kontribui ba kompetisaun ida ne'e.
Dala ida tan Parabens no Obrigado barak ba imi hotu.

NB : Ba maluk mananan nain sira ami sei kontaktu ita boot sira iha tempo besik hodi bele mai foti imi nia premiu.
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Ami nia kolega nain rua Jeronimo no Inacio, ohin halo esperimento TUK-TUK Biblioteka Movel Sala Leitura no halo observasaun ba Jardim Habibie. No tuir ami nia planu ami sei visita fatin publiku hirak nee iha tempo besik. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

Xanana Gusmão Reading Room

On 20 June 2020 we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Xanana Gusmão Reading Room & 74th anniversary of Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão.

A very special thanks to our Founder Kirsty Sword Gusmão!

We are very privileged to work with you and being part of your vision to serve our young people, children and public at large through books, information and educational programs.

Over these 20 years the Xanana Gusmão Reading Room, full of change and progress! We are proud to be working with a wide range of dedicated caring individuals and organizations. From the government and youth and children groups, there’s a positive participation from our community to make use of our library and other facilities can benefited to their learning desire and knowledge sharing.

Priorities for our journey in 2020 are improving the museum content including collection policy and digitalisation, production of second edition for the “Alicia’s Diary”, Debt of Honour Exhibition Project, Mambae Mother Tongue Project and The TUK TUK Mobile Library to bring books for children around Dili town. We also will continue supporting other libraries with digital library system "Koha".
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