Beloit Clinton Edgerton Evansville Janesville  Milton Orfordville

About Arrowhead Library System

Contact information:

Arrowhead Library System
430 E. High St., Suite 200, Milton, WI 53563
608-868-2872 Phone
l 608-868-2875 Fax
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Arrowhead Library System was established in 1974 to coordinate and expand Rock County's public library services. All Rock County residents benefit from enhanced, cost-effective library services through the continued cooperation of ALS and its member libraries.

Services to Rock County Libraries - Highlights
Manual of Services
Member and Affiliate Libraries
System Board

Record Retention Policy
Technology Plan
Personnel Policy Manual
Social Media Policy


Arrowhead transports library materials to all Rock County Public Libraries; Beloit College and Blackhawk Technical College and most public schools in Rock County, (except Clinton & Edgerton.)  Arrowhead’s delivery system connects with the statewide delivery to bring materials from throughout Wisconsin to Rock County public, school, and college libraries and with the SHARE member library systems at the hub at VIP Services, Inc. in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

Payment is received from school, college, and technical libraries, and this payment covers nearly half of the delivery costs for the system.  To be sure we have the most cost effective delivery service, bids were let for delivery in the spring of 2001 and they ranged from $27,000 to $50,000, all higher than the cost for the Arrowhead System to own and operate its own van. 

The statewide delivery system brings interlibrary loan and other library materials directly to the Arrowhead office and the items are distributed to the libraries in the Arrowhead system.  This cooperative effort is just one of the many ways that the library system is working with other agencies to cut costs and improve service to citizens.  Arrowhead pays the cost of the statewide delivery service.

Public Relations
Arrowhead provides a full-time public relations consultant to assist the seven libraries with publicity, news releases, print pieces (brochures, posters, etc.), program planning, and special projects. The Arrowhead Library System also participates in the Rock County 4-H Fair, works with the Janesville and Stateline Literacy Councils and in 2008 began sponsoring "The Great Outdoors @ your library".

Continuing Education
Arrowhead provides at least eight continuing education workshops for library staff.  These workshops are designed to improve skills and efficiency of staff and present new concepts in library service.  Several of these workshops are sponsored with other library systems, in order to reduce costs and provide quality workshop presenters.  Workshops have included summer reading program preparation, genealogy, customer service, Spanish collection development, long and short-range planning, children materials collection development, storytelling, and starting and maintaining a Friends group.

Interlibrary Loan
Arrowhead serves as a clearing house, training center and substitute interlibrary loan assistance for member libraries.  An Arrowhead staff person is available to assist member libraries with difficult interlibrary loan transactions.  Training for member library interlibrary loan staff is also provided, either by an Arrowhead staff member or Reference and Loan staff.  An Arrowhead library staff member can also serve as a temporary substitute for interlibrary loan staff at member libraries who are ill or on vacation. 

Nursing Home and Assisted Living Collections
Arrowhead maintains a large-print collection that is rotated among more than 15 Rock County nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  Because of reduced state funding we will no longer be able to add materials to this collection, but will continue to rotate the old materials.   There is no other service that provides large print books to these facilities.

Jail Library Services
Working jointly with the Rock County Sheriffs department, the Arrowhead Library System, with a $2,000 grant from Rock County, supplies paperback books to the Rock County jail.  Rock County deputies make recommendations, pickup and deliver the books.   This is another cooperative effort between Rock County agencies that saves money and staff time for jail inmate services.  Member libraries also donate used paperback books for this collection.

Integrated Library System and Technology Support
Lakeshores Library System provides behind-the-scenes technical and administrative support for SHARE, the integrated library system (ILS) that all SHARE and ALS member libraries use. LLS provides support for SHARE to its member libraries as a free service. Libraries (or other institutions) which participate in SHARE, but are not members of Lakeshores Library System may receive technical and administrative support on a fee-based model. Staff and public training is available for the ILS and SHARE, as well as OverDrive and BadgerLink. Technology consulting and troubleshooting is provided for ALS member libraries as well.

The Arrowhead Library System provides consulting services for the public libraries in Rock County.  These services include ADA accessibility issues, budgeting, purchasing and expanding library collections, children’s services, programming for adults, technology maintenance and repair, and services to people with special needs. 

For more information about library services and cooperative cost saving benefits for Rock County libraries and taxpayers contact Steve Platteter at






  • Beloit College - Col. Robert H. Morse Library/Richard Black Information Center
  • Blackhawk Technical College Library
  • School

  • Beloit School District
  • Evansville School District
  • Milton School District
  • Parkview School District
  • Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped


    The ALS board meets the second Wednesday of each month, 6 p.m.

    Board Members:
    Richard Bostwick - President - Rock County Supervisor
    Bill Wilson - Vice President - Milton Public Library Board Member
    Wes Davis - Rock County Supervisor
    Jose Carrillo - Member at large
    Janet Haag - Clinton Public Library Board Member
    Maribeth Miller - Beloit Public Library Board Member
    Adam Dinnes - Hedberg Public Library Board Member

    Ex-officio members:
    Nick Dimassis, Director, Beloit Public Library
    Bryan McCormick, Director, Hedberg Public Library
    Sarah Strunz, Director, Orfordville Public Library
    J. Russell Podzilni, Chairman Rock County Board of Supervisors
    Steve Platteter, Director, Arrowhead Library System


    System Director -
    Steve Platteter, 608-868-2872

    Office and ILL Manager
    - Anita Schultz, 608-868-2872  

    Public Relations Coordinator -
    Tovah Anderson, 608-868-2872

    Automated Systems Administrator - 

    Van Drivers

    Gordon Odegaard
    Ron Oberle
    Mike Willger

    Updated 8 January 2018