The LOCKSS Program is a library-led program initiated in 1999 at the Stanford University Libraries in order to support the library community in an increasingly digital age with an inexpensive, technologically robust way to safeguard and control its digital assets.

The LOCKSS Program alpha test ran through 2000, and an early beta version was successfully deployed to 50 libraries worldwide from 2000 to 2002 and ran at these sites with little operator intervention for nearly a year. In 2002, Stanford LOCKSS Program staff began to build and test production software. From 2002 through mid-2004, this team, along with library staff from Emory University, Indiana University and the New York Public Library, addressed a large number of questions surrounding collection development, collection management and collection access. The LOCKSS system was released into production in April 2004.

Over the years, the LOCKSS Program has won awards and honors for research and other community contributions.

The LOCKSS Program has received major funding from:

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • National Science Foundation
  • Library of Congress

It has also received additional funding and in-kind support from:

  • The UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
  • Sun Microsystems
  • HP Labs
  • Intel Research Berkeley
  • Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources
  • Stanford Computer Science Department
  • Harvard Computer Science Department

This program is now largely funded by contributions from libraries participating in the LOCKSS Alliance. Join LOCKSS.

When the LOCKSS Program was in its sixth year, Chris Dobson wrote an article about its early history, The Story Of LOCKSS Searcher 11 (2):50-53, February 2003 (from publisher).