How do I create a personal account?
Anyone is eligible to create a personal account in the SPIE Digital Library. Click "Sign In" at upper right, then click "Create an account."
Please note that all SPIE members and primary SPIE Conference authors already have personal accounts in the SPIE Digital Library. Your SPIE Digital Library username and password are the same as your SPIE.org username and password. If you are not sure if you already have a personal account in the SPIE Digital Library, please try to sign in using your SPIE.org credentials before creating a new SPIE Digital Library personal account.
How do I access my institution's subscription by using my personal account?
If your institution subscribes to the SPIE Digital Library, your personal account allows you to log in and gain access to your institution's subscription even when you are away from work or school (for example, from your home computer or mobile device). To do so, simply sign in to your personal account while on a computer within the institution's network (for example, from a desktop computer at work or school, or while connected to the network via VPN). This automatically affiliates your personal account with the institution's subscription for three months. After this, you can again sign in while on the institution's network in order to renew the affiliation.
I am having trouble creating a personal account.
An error may occur during account creation if you already have an account in SPIE's database. All current and recent SPIE members and primary SPIE Conference authors already have SPIE personal accounts. Your SPIE Digital Library username and password are the same as your SPIE.org username and password.
Additionally, an error may occur if your username or password do not meet the requirements specified on the "Create a SPIE Account" page: