Hi! We, York Collective, have been looking at the different platform options for a library of things/tool library, does anyone have any insight into the feasibility of using woocommerce? There’s a hire shop woocommerce tutorial, so it can’t be too hard, right?
We’re a cycle courier cooperative, members of Coopcycle. The reason for wanting to use WordPress/Woocommerce is that we have a WordPress plugin for integration with the Coopcycle platform.
@MattN I don’t know much about your specific use case for a tool library but we very much recommend the WooCommerce/Wordpress for shop type thing. It just works (most of the time) and most of the tools are widely used.
I posted a request on my personal Mastodon account about your question. I’ll let you know if anyone replies.
Software- most LoTs/ Tool libraries use MyTurn (http://myturn.com) It’s not open source and the UX is a bit clunky sadly - but does the job for testing.
We’ve ended up building our own software (Library of Things) because the self-serve kiosk model we developed couldn’t be supported by MyTurn. It’s also not open source (not psyched about Amazon/ Bosch etc ripping it off), but v open to licensing it to the right folks.
I’ve also recently discovered Snipe-IT which is a powerful open source web designed for IT asset management, but I don’t see why it couldn’t be used for any other type of assets too. Think it could well work well for a Library of Things (that’s kinda sorta what asset management stuff is - think checking out laptops, projects etc at Universities etc):