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


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.

Alice (aka Alice in AZ) and her husband, Chuck live in Arizona. They enjoy vacationing in Akumal, but also are devoted to this wonderful literacy project. About 10 years ago, there were less than 50 children’s books in the entire village. Now the library has over 1,500 children’s books in Spanish and is a catalyst for literacy programs in the region. Alice is a vital information link to library visitors and donors on the US side. As an outgrowth of her work with the library, Alice has become a board member of Books for a Better World and taken several trips to countries in Central America to deliver books to areas in need. Alice has helped keep the library alive in times of scarcity, and we are so grateful for all she has done!

Liza is a legal assistant at a busy law firm and lives with her husband, Mike, in Portland, OR. They have been traveling to Akumal since 2006. They discovered the library while researching their first trip to the area. They brought down some books for Alice and dropped them off. After that, they were hooked and have been avid library supporters since then. Liza actively helps out with whatever the library needs are, be it fund raising, bringing school supplies, backpacks and books down, etc. She and Mike fell in love with Akumal and the local folks here so much so that they chose to have their wedding here (and not only that, they generously asked that people make donations to the library in their name in lieu of wedding gifts!). They consider it an honor to be able to help out the local children and the wonderful library and we are honored to have their help!
Ellie lived in Akumal for 9 years with her family and became an integral link between the Mexican library staff and US non-profit board members during that time. She has since moved back to the US, but continues to be very involved with the on-going operations of Hekab Be. Having 2 children while in Akumal helped to shape Ellie's vision of the critical role the library plays in the education of local children. Ellie knew the library's founder, and has seen Hekab Be grow from its infancy into the wonderful center for learning, and cultural exchange between people, that it has turned into today. She  is proud to help this local institution continue growing!

George Connell and his wife live in Calgary Alberta, Canada. They have two grown sons and 5 grandchildren who are the absolute apples of their eye. "Hekab Be Biblioteca has been a perfect fit for me over the years. Although I wasn't aware of it at the time, the library was exactly what I had been looking for, to put my energies behind."   He first heard of the library through his many friends on the Loco Gringo message forums, and after making some small donations to the library,  finally had the opportunity to visit the facility, and it made an immediate impact upon him. To see children so happy and eager to willingly come to a learning facility was like a breath of fresh air! He immediately took up the cause of raising much needed operating funds in a much more urgent manner.  After the passing of his mother in 2001,  he dedicated his efforts in her honor as she had been a  school teacher most of her life, specializing in early childhood education, so he knew that she would approve of his choice of charities to support. "I am extremely proud of the caliber of staff and administrators that we have been able to attract to our facility and their commitment to the children and the community is second to none."

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.