The MZES library is a central service provider for the institute’s scientific staff with the following sectors:

The Europe Library

collects social science literature in the fields of comparative European research and European integration research for the period after 1945.

Its holdings encompass about 50,000 monographs and about 110 journals.

Collection priorities are:

  • Social structure and social inequality (education, occupational classes, labour market, demography)
  • Welfare state research (retirement provision, health policy, family policy, intermediary structures / welfare organizations, social reporting)
  • Migration, integration, ethnic and social conflicts, conflict resolution
  • EU research (development/expansion, legitimy research, institutions, European policies, external relations, international negotiations, political participation, democratization, identity issues)
  • Parties and elections (national and EU election studies, election systems, parliaments, governments, policies, stakeholder organizations)

The Statistics Library

collects extensively in supranational, international, national and subnational statistics of 50 countries with an emphasis on Europe as well as in statistics of international organizations (UN, OECD, etc.)

Collection priorities are:

  • Statistical yearbooks
  • Demographic statistics, including censuses
  • Social statistics
  • Economic statistics
  • Elections

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri 8.00 – 22.30
Sat-Sun 10.00 – 22.30
Borrowing/returning hours: Mon-Fri 8.00 – 18.00


The MZES-OPAC provides exclusively the holdings of the MZES library and is meant for searches. It offers special search functions for the statistics library and direct online access to full texts (

Primo (total holdings of the MZES library and all university departmental libraries including all campus-wide available electronic periodicals, e-books, and data banks)  (

KVK (Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue)
For extensive searches the KVK provides documentation of more than 500 million books and periodicals in library and booksellers’ catalogues worldwide. (


Use of the library and conditions of borrowing

The MZES library is located in building A 5, 6 (Part A) on the 1st floor.
The current periodicals are shelved on the ground floor. With the site plan it will be easy for you to find the locations of the individual signatures.

The library is a reference library, borrowing is restricted to MZES members and members of the university staff.

Conditions of borrowing, borrowing rules, conditions of use (PDF, in German)

There are several devices that can be used with the ECUM-Karte, for example.

The MZES library’s current issues of about 110 scientific journals are shelved in the shared periodicals pool on the ground floor.

Search options:
A large number of PCs with internet access as well as one reader-printer for the usage of microforms (microfiches and reels of microfilms) are available for searches. The data can be processed electronically directly on site (Kodak 3000 DSV with editing software). The microform room is open from 8.00-16.00.
Contact for searches:

  • Franz Rothenbacher, Europadatenarchiv Zi. 117

New Acquisitions

Thematic focus - June 2016

Reference books

Adler, Matthew D.
The Oxford handbook of well-being and public policy
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Handb/108

Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger
Wählen in Deutschland
Baden-Baden : Nomos Verl-Ges 2012
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Jahrb/013=45.2012

EU Integration

Balibar, Étienne
Europa: Krise und Ende?
Münster : Verlag Westfälisches Dampfboot, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/591

Chopin, Thierry,
The state of the Union : Schuman report on Europe 2016
Paris : Lignes de Repères 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/592

General, social, economic history

Bühlmann, Felix
Swiss Social Report 2012 : Generations in Perspective
Zürich : Seismo 2013.
Shelfmark: CH/ALLG/018=2012

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Rottenburg, Richard
The world of indicators : the making of governmental knowledge through quantification
Cambridge : Cambridge Univ Press 2015
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bevgeo/220

Education, science, research

Janík, Tomáš
Aktuelle Entwicklungen im Bildungsbereich in der Tschechischen Republik : Curriculum - Unterricht - Lehrerbildung
Münster : Waxmann, 2016
Shelfmark: CS/Bild/006

Krauz-Mozer, Barbara
Political science in Europe : at the beginning of the 21st century
Kraków : Jagiellonian University Press, 2015
Shelfmark: E.K./Bild/338

Schmid, Josef
Internationalisierte Welten der Bildung : Bildung und Bildungspolitik im globalen Vergleich
Baden-Baden : Nomos 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Bild/339

Vereinigung der Bayerischen Wirtschaft,
Integration durch Bildung : Migranten und Flüchtlinge in Deutschland : Gutachten
Münster : Waxmann Verlag, 2016
Shelfmark: D/Bild/234

Labour market, classes, professions, status groups

Schmid, Evi
Kritisches Lebensereignis "Lehrvertragsauflösung" : eine Längsschnittuntersuchung zum Wiedereinstieg und zum subjektiven Wohlbefinden betroffener Jugendlicher
Bern : hep 2010
Shelfmark: CH/Erwkla/017

Family, household, kinship

Martinsson, Lena
Challenging the myth of gender equality in Sweden
Bristol ; Policy Press, 2016
Shelfmark: S/Famil/012

Monetary, financial institutions

Galbraith, James K.
Welcome to the poisoned chalice : the destruction of Greece and the future of Europe
New Haven ; Yale University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Finanz/202

Godby, Robert W.
Greek tragedy, European odyssey : the politics and economics of the Eurozone crisis
Opladen ; Barbara Budrich Publishers, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Finanz/203

Offe, Claus
Europa in der Falle
Berlin : Suhrkamp, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Finanz/204

International relations

Deblock, Christian,
Un nouveau pont sur l'Atlantique : l'accord économique et commercial global entre l'Union européenne et le Canada
Québec <Québec> : Presses de l'Université du Québec, 2015
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/605

Tsukalēs, Lukas
In defence of Europe : can the European project be saved?
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/606

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Makaryčev, A. S.
Celebrating borderlands in a wider Europe : nations and identities in Russia, Ukraine and Estonia
Baden-Baden : Nomos 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/453

Nibbs, Faith G.
Identity and the second generation : how children of immigrants find their space
Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Nation/150

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Abels, Gabriele,
Subnational parliaments in the EU multi-level parliamentary system : taking stock of the post-Lisbon era
Innsbruck ; Studienverlag, 2015
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/311

Adamson, Göran
Populist parties and the failure of the political elites : the rise of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ)
Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang Edition, 2016
Shelfmark: A/Polsoz/057

Bühlmann, Marc
Political representation : roles, representatives and the represented
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/334

Guérot, Ulrike
Warum Europa eine Republik werden muss! : eine politische Utopie
Bonn : Dietz, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/312

König, Pascal
Die Vermittlung von Reformen in Zeiten der Krise : eine empirische Untersuchung der Regierungskommunikation in vier ausgewählten Ländern
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1155

Lupo, Nicola
Interparliamentary cooperation in the composite European constitution
Oxford ; Hart Publishing, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/314

Müller, Jan-Werner
Wo Europa endet : Ungarn, Brüssel und das Schicksal der liberalen Demokratie
Berlin : Suhrkamp 2013
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/313

Van Haute, Emilie,
Green parties in Europe
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1154

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Hurrelmann, Klaus,
Jugend, Vorsorge, Finanzen 3.2016, Zwischen Eigenverantwortung und Regulierung - Lösungsansätze in Deutschland und Europa
Weinheim ; Beltz Juventa, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1013

Lupton, Ruth
Social policy in a cold climate : policies and their consequences since trhe crisis
Bristol ; Policy Press, 2016
Shelfmark: GB/Sozsta/199

Stambolieva, Maria
Welfare state transformation in the Yugoslav successor states : from social to unequal
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1012

Torres, Guillermo
Life satisfaction : determinants, psychological implications and impact on quality-of-life
New York : Nova Publishers, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1014

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Brouard, Sylvain
The Europeanization of domestic legislatures : the empirical implications of the Delors' myth in nine countries
New York, NY [u.a.] : Springer 2012
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/578

Ringdal, Kristen
Small states, big challenges : Norway and Slovenia in comparative perspective
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/670

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Milanović, Branko
Global inequality : a new approach for the age of globalization
Cambridge, Mass. ; The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/173

Working Papers

Jacob, Konstanze
Broader than a border? : origin and host country-specific cultural capital and educational aspirations in Germany and Israel
Mannheim : Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung, 2016
Shelfmark: WP/D/MZES/ArbPap/163

Pappi, Franz Urban
Die Politikpräferenzen der Wähler und die Wahrnehmung von Parteipositionen als Bedingungen für den Parteienwettbewerb um Wählerstimmen
Mannheim : Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung, 2016
Shelfmark: WP/D/MZES/ArbPap/162

Weißmann, Markus
Early ethnic partner choice among natives and descendants of immigrants in Germany : the role of personal preferences and parental influence
Mannheim : Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung, 2016
Shelfmark: WP/D/MZES/ArbPap/164