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 goal that continues to be upheld today in everything that we do.

The Library

Our library at the Xanana Gusmão Reading Room is open for the public to use and is home to an extensive collection of books and multimedia materials. Our collections include general lending materials on 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 it’s history through our audio-visual selections.

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The Museum

The museum at the Xanana Gusmão Reading Room will enable you 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 is a diverse array of events and exhibitions happening at the museum on any given day. It is a wonderful fusion of art, music, culture and current affairs.

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'99 Memories

'99 Memories

August 01, 2017 - August 31, 2017
English Class Shared Lunch

English Class Shared Lunch

Sharing lunch with students from the English Conversation Classes

August 02, 2017
Xanana Gusmao Reading Room 17th Anniversary

Xanana Gusmao Reading Room 17th Anniversary

Remembering the Xanana Gusmao Reading Room Anniversary

June 23, 2017
One internet port is now available

One internet port is now available

We have a brand new access point. Now you can access our free internet and use your own l...

January 25, 2017

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

The Xanana Gusmão Reading Room is closed on public holidays in Timor-Leste.