The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health is designed to provide adults with a safe, physical space to learn about sexual pleasure, health, and advocacy issues. We are housed in The Grant Building, located in historic downtown Pawtucket (home of the Industrial Revolution and Family Guy). The Grant Building is a historic landmark that has been renovated into a multi-use artist and professional work space. With warm yet quirkily decorated common areas, ease of access for physically limited individuals, indoor free parking, and an adopted kitty that greets you at the door, The Grant Building provides all the comfort and privacy a sexuality resource center needs. (Scroll to the bottom for our Frequently Asked Questions section, or click here for our virtual tour).
- One-on-one sexuality consultation services (by appointment only) with Ms. Andelloux
- Drop-in hours
- Trainings and workshops for professionals
- One of the largest sexual resource and media libraries on the East Coast
- Access to the cutting edge sexual health journals
- Local zines
- Sexuality-related curricula and learning tools
- Genital teaching models
- Personalized sex toy and sexual aids guidance, so you can make the best selection for your satisfaction
The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health (thecsph.org) is a sexuality training and education organization that works to reduce sexual shame, fight misinformation, & advance the sexuality field. This is achieved through educational initiatives, community events, and professional development focused on adults. Based out of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, The CSPH’s library and community space resembles a mini sex-museum with a 1950′s home flair. Filled with educational materials, sex toys, books, and the largest handmade vulva doorframe in America, it’s a place where people can attend events, go to read books, receive personal consultations, or even just pop by to satisfy their curiosity. While there is nothing to purchase at The CSPH, there are many resources for people to learn more and enhance their sexual lives!
Have a cup of tea and spend the afternoon devouring a book you couldn’t find at your local shop. Read through the latest sexual studies from the Journal of Sexual Medicine and then pick up the current copy of Adult Video News. Watch a documentary on anatomy, gender expression, sexual challenges and treatments or reproductive rights. Ogle the antique vibrator display (with one dating back to 1897!) and then admire our shelves that showcase today’s sex toy design and craftsmanship. We can help you navigate your way through the big wide world of pleasure objects that are safe and body friendly and point you in the direction of socially-conscious companies you can feel good about supporting down the road.
Online, we choose to put forth current news articles, upcoming conferences, relevant sexual studies, and art to keep you educated, entertained, and aware. Sometimes we will just link to the original article, while other times we will offer an explanation or start a discussion.
We opened our doors in early February 2010 and already there is so much to offer, so stop in and see us!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the CSPH?
The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health is a resource center for anything and everything relating to sex and sexuality. We have a range of educational materials available to the public. From videos to sexual aids, the CSPH is the place to turn to for real answers to your sexual questions. The CSPH boasts a library of hundreds of books, magazines, and sexuality education curricula available for browsing or loaning. While the CSPH emphasizes sex-positive teachings, it also has a wealth of resources on sexuality throughout history, from the Kinsey Reports to popular sexuality books from the 1920s.
Where is the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health located?
We are located in the Grant building in Pawtucket, at 250 Main Street. We have a new location in an office space on the first floor, all the way in the front.
Where can I park?
There is free parking in the street in front of the Grant and, when those spots are taken, there is plenty of free parking in the garage around back.
What are your hours of operation?
The CSPH is open Thursday through Saturday from 12 to 6pm, as well as by appointment. Consultations and events are held on weekday evenings and weekends.
Can I buy sex toys at The CSPH?
The CSPH is a not-for-profit organization and as such will not be selling toys. However, The CSPH has a whole range of toys on display to handle and compare in order to determine the right toy for you. Staff at the CSPH can answer any questions you have about materials, models, and preferences.
Who is Biscuit, and why do I sneeze every time I come to The CSPH?
Biscuit is the cat that lives in the Grant building, and has become the adopted mascot of The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. Biscuit is quiet, sweet, and friendly, and loves to come up to strangers to say hello. If you have cat allergies, we request that you take allergy medication before entering the CSPH. Health is always our priority.