Library low season hours

School's back in session so the library is open afternoons to serve the children after school:
Monday-Friday from 12 to 6 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  
Closed Sunday

MEET THE LIBRARY FAMILY

We are happy to welcome back library veteran, Emilia May, as director of programs!


Emilia works with a child who needs some extra help

Emilia has been involved with HB since the very beginning and has worked in many different capacities at the library. We are so pleased to have her back as acting director! Emilia has lived in Akumal since she was a child, is a teacher at the Montessori preschool, and a vibrant member of the community. 
                       
Meet Our Staff:
currently being updated.....

These hard working young people do all the hands-on activities with the kids, from reading and homework help, to sports and crafts. Without them, we wouldn't be able to do all the wonderful projects we do!

Meet Our U.S. & Canadian Library Board Members:


Anne, our recently departed director, continues to remain involved with the library by joining our non-profit board. Anne now lives and works in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has more than 30 years experience working with children and families, including 4 years in Akumal -- two with Otoch Paal Montessori (a community preschool in the pueblo) and 1½ with Hekab Be Biblioteca as the director. She is dedicated to the library and the community it serves, and will continue to help in the ways that she can to ensure that HB continues to thrive and grow, and the children and families of Akumal will have the opportunities they deserve to improve their futures.

Debra lives in the Pacific Northwest. She loves the Akumal area and has been devoted to the Library for a number of years. She is a mother of 3 and has owned and operated several businesses. Debra was instrumental in establishing a 501 (c) (3) so that the Library could receive tax deductible donations. Her best times are spent snorkeling Half Moon and Akumal Bays and exploring the east coast of Quintana Roo.



Ed and his wife Sandy live in Vermont and have been supporting the library and it's children for many years!  After their first trip to Quintana Roo, and finding the local people genuinely friendly and caring, they discovered information on Hekab Be in the Loco Gringo forums. At that point they knew they had found a way to say "thank you" to the people that work so hard at making their vacations feel like "coming home".  "Extending the hand of friendship and our gratitude, to the innocents of Akumal, just feels so right!"

Directions to Akumal & Hekab Be

**PLEASE be extremely careful driving on highway 307, it is a very dangerous road and visitors are the most frequent victims of car accidents since the road is unfamiliar to them**

The library is located in Playa Akumal on the same road that leads to the tourist areas of Akumal Bay, Half Moon Bay and Yalku Lagoon (also known as "North Akumal").

The highway in front of Akumal is a divided 4-lane road.

Coming from North of Akumal (Airport)
Coming from the North on highway 307 from Playa del Carmen, it takes about 20-30 minutes to arrive at the turn-off for Akumal.
You will pass the resort called Palladium and go about another 3 miles before reaching the exit for Akumal.
Because the road is divided, you must first pass the Akumal entrance, go under the bridge and go about a quarter mile and carefully turn around (make a U turn to the left) sign, from the left hand lane of the highway. You will then head back in the opposite direction to the entrance and make a right turn into Akumal.

Please be very careful in making your U-turns on the highway. DO NOT EXPECT oncoming traffic to slow down, stop, or let you in. USE EXTREME CAUTION!!

Coming from South of Akumal
To get into Akumal coming from the South (Tulum, Akumal Beach Resort, South Akumal, Bahia Principe, Aventuras Akumal, etc), you simply turn right into the entrance from the right hand lane of the road, that is marked “Playa Akumal.”

Once you are in Akumal Playa
After getting onto the Akumal entrance road, you will find Hekab Be about a quarter of a mile down the entrance road, just past the first speed-bump at the information booth. You will see the library on the left side (set back from the road, it is a white building), there is a big blue sign that says Hekab Be Biblioteca. That's it!
If you get to the little grocery stores or the arch, you went too far.

Walking directions from Akumal Beach Resort
The library is within walking distance from ABR, maybe about 15 - 20 minutes or so. Walking from ABR, go north or left when facing the ocean on the beach for 5 minutes or so, until you reach the Lol Ha beach bar (great place to people watch, have a drink, etc.).

Then turn left away from the ocean and towards the highway (west). You'll pass through the arch and go past the little grocery stores Super Chomak and El Pueblito. Keep going and you will see a white building set back from the road on the right, plus a big kids swing set, and a sign that says "Hekab Be Biblioteca." That's it. The library is roughly half way between the arch and the highway.

How to make a donation when the library is closed

** Our STRONG preference is to receive all donations during library hours (Mon-Sat 9-1; Mon-Fri 2-5) so that we may thank you appropriately and record the donation in our guest book **

If time runs out and all else fails...
Please do not leave donations outside the library. Materials left outside often disappear--we cannot assure its safety. Donations in kind may be left with Charlene (an American woman who uses a wheelchair) at the Super Chomak, the little grocery store in front of the arch at the entrance to Akumal Bay Beach.

If you have a monetary donation and the library is closed, we ask that you consider mailing the donation directly to us (click here for information) or donate using paypal. Because Charlene is not always at the Super Chomak, we cannot assure donors that cash donations left there will be received by the library. If you decide to leave a cash donation at the Super Chomak, make sure to put it in a sealed envelope that says "Hekab Be Library" and give it directly to Charlene.