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 - April 2016

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Brunnbauer, Ulf
Globalizing Southeastern Europe : emigrants, America, and the state since the late nineteenth century
Lanham ; Lexington Books, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/528

Formosa, Marvin
Population ageing in Malta : multidisciplinary perspectives
Msida, Malta : Malta University Press, 2015
Shelfmark: M/Bevgeo/001

Guveli, Ayse
Intergenerational consequences of migration : socio-economic, family and cultural patterns of stability and change in Turkey and Europe
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/529

Walsh, Katie and Lena Nare
Transnational migration and home in older age
New York : Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/527

Zaiotti, Ruben
Externalizing migration management : Europe, North America and the spread of 'remote control' practices
London : Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/526

Education, science, research

Stich, Amy E.
The working classes and higher education : inequality of access, opportunity and outcome
New York ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bild/095

Family, household, kinship

Börsch-Supan, Axel
Ageing in Europe - supporting policies for an inclusive society
Berlin [u.a.] : De Gruyter 2015
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/396

Sovic, Silvia
The history of families and households : comparative European dimensions
Leiden ; Brill, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/397

Troyansky, David G.
Aging in world history
New York : Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Famil/177

Monetary, financial institutions

Hinsch, Stefan
Europa zerbricht am Euro : unter deutscher Vorherrschaft in die Krise
Wien : Promedia 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Finanz/200

EU institutions

Ossege, Christoph
European regulatory agencies in EU decision-making : between expertise and influence
Basingstoke : Palgrave MacMillan, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Inst/232

International relations

Chilas, Nikos
Die griechische Tragödie : Rebellion, Kapitulation, Ausverkauf
Wien : Promedia, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/604

Picciano, Nicasia
The European Union state-building in Kosovo : challenges and lessons learned: an assessment of EULEX
Hamburg : Verlag Dr. Kovac̆, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/602

Simms, Brendan
Europa am Abgrund : Plädoyer für die Vereinigten Staaten von Europa
München : C.H.Beck, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/603

Religion, culture, media

Bruns, Axel
The Routledge companion to social media and politics
New York ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Medien/048

Nollert, Michael
Gesellschaften zwischen Multi- und Transkulturalität
Zürich : Seismo Verlag, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Kultur/141

O'Brien, Peter
The Muslim question in Europe : political controversies and public philosophies
Philadelphia ; Temple University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Kultur/140

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Coles, Roberta L.
Race and family : a structural approach
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, 2016
Shelfmark: USA/Nation/040

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Brug, Wouter van der
(Un)intended consequences of European parliamentary elections
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/306

Bârgăoanu, Alina
United by or against Euroscepticism? : an assessment of public attitudes towards Europe in the context of the
Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1147

Dowding, Keith M.
The philosophy and methods of political science
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/190

Elkink, Johan A.
The act of voting : identities, institutions and locale
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/308

Hutter, Swen
Politicising Europe : integration and mass politics
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/307

Johnston, Richard
Parties and party systems : structure and context
Vancouver ; UBCPress, 2015
Shelfmark: AME/Polsoz/026

Kaiser, Robert
Crisis as a permanent condition? : the Italian political system between transition and reform resistence
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: I/Polsoz/194

Leplat, Fred
Far right in Europe
London : Resistance Books, 2015
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1149

Liddle, Roger
The risk of Brexit : the politics of a referendum
London ; Policy Network ; Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/270

Luna Aláez, Ignacio
La crisis que cambió España : la metamorfosis de un país en un tiempo récord
Madrid : Izana Editores, 2015
Shelfmark: E/Polsoz/081

Medina, Lucía
Izquierda y derecha en España : un estudio longitudinal y comparado
Madrid : CIS, Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas, 2015
Shelfmark: E/Polsoz/080

Mudde, Cas
On extremism and democracy in Europe
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1148

Pettitt, Robin T.
Contemporary party politics
Basingstoke [u.a.] : Palgrave Macmillan 2014
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/332

Tournier-Sol, Karine
The UK challenge to Europeanization : the persistence of British Euroscepticism
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/271

Vowles, Jack
Globalization and domestic politics : parties, elections, and public opinion
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1150

Regional policy, integration of minorities

Kaina, Viktoria
European identity revisited : new approaches and recent empirical evidence
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Region/290

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Europäischer Gewerkschaftsbund
Benchmarking working Europe
Brussel : ETUI
Shelfmark: E.A./Sozsta/309

Forum ANIA - Consumatori
Gli scenari del welfare : verso uno stato sociale sostenibile
Milano : FrancoAngeli, 2015
Shelfmark: I/Sozsta/055

Mierzejewski, Alfred C.
A history of the German public pension system : continuity amid change
Lanham ; Lexington Books, 2016
Shelfmark: D/Sozsta/331

Raynault, Marie-France
Scandinavian common sense : policies to tackle social inequalities in health
Montréal, Québec : Baraka Books, 2015
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1010

Schellinger, Alexander
EU labor market policy : ideas, thought communities and policy change
Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Sozsta/486

Stoesz, David
The dynamic welfare state
New York : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: USA/Sozsta/174

White, Sarah C.
Cultures of wellbeing : method, place, policy
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: AE/Sozsta/017

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Baldersheim, Harald
Small states in the modern world : vulnerabilities and opportunities
Cheltenham ; Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/669

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Bradley, Harriet
Fractured identities : changing patterns of inequality
Cambridge, UK ; Polity, 2016
Shelfmark: THEO/Unglei/001=2

Ravallion, Martin
Economics of poverty : history, measurement, and policy
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/167

Reid-Henry, Simon
The political origins of inequality : why a more equal world is better for us all
Chicago ; The University of Chicago Press, 2015
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/168

Yates, Michael D.
The great inequality
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/169

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Bosch, Núria
12 arguments econòmics per a la independència
Barcelona : Pòrtic 2014
Shelfmark: E/Wirt/053


Goldschmid, Mary T.
Process-tracing methods : foundations and guidelines
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press 2013
Shelfmark: MET/Design/233

Kohno, Masaru
Electoral survey methodology : insight from Japan on using computer assisted personal interviews
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: MET/Erheb/097

Robson, Karen
Multilevel modeling in plain language
Los Angeles : Sage, 2016
Shelfmark: MET/Analys/190