The Xanana Gusmão Reading Room (XGRR) is a non-governmental organisation that consists of a library, museum and general community space (all free to visit) in the heart of Dili. Our facilities include free to use computers and internet, an extensive collection of books and visual/audio materials (over 4000), an online catalogue, museum exhibitions, a children's area and various bookable community areas. We keep our vision, mission and values central to everything that we do.
Our Vision: Create the reading generation in Timor-Leste.
Our Mission: To provide dynamic spaces for all people to access information and resources to improve their lives.
Our Values: Respect, Integrity, Quality, Community, Inclusivity.
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. 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.
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.
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
Chair: Joào Martires
Our staff is dedicated, wonderful and will be helpful when you visit the Reading Room. We love visitors. We look forward to hosting you. Our team members are as follows: