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 – 24.00
Sat-Sun 10.00 – 24.00
Borrowing/returning hours: Mon-Fri 8.00 – 19.00


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 - August 2014


EU Integration

Giuliani, Jean-Dominique
Pourquoi et comment l\'Europe restera le coeur du monde : petit traité d'optimisme
Paris: Lignes de repères, 2014. - 198 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/569

General, social, economic history

Wiatr, Jerzy J.
Polish-German relations : the miracle of reconciliation
Opladen ; Berlin [u.a.]: Budrich, 2014. - 110 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Allg/284

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Hauser, Claude
Sociétés de migrations en débat : Québec-Canada-Suisse ; approches comparées
Quebec City: Presses de l\'Univ. Laval, 2013. - XIV, 236 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/506
Raimonda, Linda
Immigration reform : issues, congressional action and past efforts
New York: Nova Science Publ., c201. - IX, 95 S.
Shelfmark: USA/Bevgeo/065
Schunck, Reinhard
Transnational activities and immigrant integration in Germany : concurrent or competitive processes?
Cham ; Heidelberg [u.a.]: Springer, 2014. - X, 301 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: D/Bevgeo/173

Labour market, classes, professions, status groups

Doherty, Catherine
Family mobility : reconciling career opportunities and educational strategy
Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2014. - IX, 221 S.
Shelfmark: AUS/Erwkla/002

Family, household, kinship,

Cutas, Daniela
Families : beyond the nuclear ideal
London [u.a.]: Bloomsbury, 2014. - XV, 221 S.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Famil/167
Olsson, Pia
Women in distress : self-understanding among 20th-century Finnish rural women
Wien ; Zürich ; Berlin ; Münster: Lit, 2011. - 287 S.
Shelfmark: FIN/Famil/007
Rille-Pfeiffer, Christiane
Karenz, Familienbeihilfe & Co : Ergebnisse des Policy Survey 2013 zur Familienpolitik in Österreich
Opladen ; Berlin ; Toronto: Budrich, 2014. - 410 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: A/Famil/025
Rupp, Marina; Europäischer Fachkongress Familienforschung <4., 2013, Bamberg>
Die Zukunft der Familie : Anforderungen an Familienpolitik und Familienwissenschaft ; Tagungsband zum 4. Europäischen Fachkongress Familienforschung
Opladen ; Berlin [u.a.]: Budrich, 2014. - 252 S. : graph. Darst., Kt.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Famil/168

Monetary, financial institutions

Becker, Peter
Das Finanz- und Haushaltssystem der Europäischen Union : Grundlagen und Reformen aus deutscher Perspektive
Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2014. - XIV, 344 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.A./Finanz/188
Rodrigues, Maria João
The Eurozone crisis and the transformation of EU governance : internal and external implications
Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014. - XVII, 261 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.A./Finanz/187

International relations

Hiepel, Claudia
Europe in a globalising world : global challenges and European responses in the "long" 1970s
Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2014. - 374 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/579

Religion, culture, media

Grofman, Bernard
The internet and democracy in global perspective : voters, candidates, parties, and social movements
Cham ; Heidelberg [a.u.]: Springer, 2014. - IX, 148 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Medien/058

EU member states

Vollaard, Hans
European integration and consensus politics in the low countries
London [u.a.]: Taylor & Francis, 2015. - XXIV, 250 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.A./MGS/480

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Friedman, Jeffrey
The nature and origins of mass opinion reconsidered : what determines public opinion?
New York [u.a.]: Routledge, 2015. - VIII, 232 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/316
Kaun, Anne
Being a young citizen in Estonia : an exploration of young people's civic and media experiences
Tartu: Tartu Univ. Press, 2013. - 133 S.
Shelfmark: EST/Polsoz/008
Kaya, Sümeyra
Entscheidung für Europa : historische Grundlagen der türkischen Europapolitik
Essen: Klartext Verl., 2014. - 351 S.
Shelfmark: TR/Polsoz/022
Lichtenstein, Dennis
Europäische Identitäten : eine vergleichende Untersuchung der Medienöffentlichkeiten ost- und westeuropäischer EU-Länder
Konstanz ; München: UVK, 2014. - 374 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/286
Padgett, Stephen
Developments in German politics 4
2014. - XXI, 328 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: D/Polsoz/051=4
Patty, John W.; Penn, Elizabeth Maggie
Social choice and legitimacy : the possibilities of impossibility
Cambridge [u.a.]: Cambridge University Press, 2014. - IX, 208 S.
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/184
Pauwels, Teun
Populism in Western Europe : comparing Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands
2014. - 209 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1102
Soroka, Stuart N.
Negativity in democratic politics : causes and consequences
New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2014. - XX, 180 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/317
Ucakar, Karl; Gschiegl, Stefan
Das politische System Österreichs und die EU
Wien: Facultas.wuv, 2014. - 264 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: A/Polsoz/040=4
Widfeldt, Anders
Extreme right parties in Scandinavia
London [u.a.]: Routledge, 2014. - X, 257 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1103

Regional policy, integration of minorities

Alber, Elisabeth; Zwilling, Carolin
Gemeinden im europäischen Mehrebenensystem: Herausforderungen im 21. Jahrhundert
Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2014. - 406 S. : Kt.
Shelfmark: E.A./Region/283

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Greve, Bent
Welfare and the welfare state : present and future
London [u.a.]: Routledge, 2015. - XIV, 220 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/224

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Schwok, René
Die Schweizer Aussenpolitik nach Ende des Kalten Kriegs
Zürich: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 2014. - 151 S.
Shelfmark: CH/Staat/036

Concepts & theories of integration, federalism, special theories

Mehl, Kilian
Burn on, Homo sapiens! : Essays über die Menschen
Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2013. - 401 S.
Shelfmark: THEO/Spez/136

Environmental policy

Schunz, Simon
European Union foreign policy and the global climate regime
Bruxelles ; Bern ; Berlin ; Frankfurt am Main ; Wien [u.a.]: Lang, 2014. - 371 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Umwelt/061

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Beenstock, Michael
Heredity, family, and inequality : a critique of social sciences
Cambridge, Mass. [u.a.]: MIT Press, c201. - VIII, 474 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: THEO/Unglei/073
Frank, Robert L.
Richistan : a journey through the 21st century wealth boom and the lives of the new rich
London: Piatkus, 2008. - VIII, 277 S.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/156

Trade unions, employers' organisations, associations at EU level

Boulding, Carew
NGOs, political protest, and civil society
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. - XVII, 213 S.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Verbän/047

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Girod, André
Quand le "Made in France" devient le "Mad in France"!
Paris: Société des écrivains, 2012. - 174 S. : Ill.
Shelfmark: F/Wirt/029
Kitowski, Jerzy
20 Years of socio-economic transformations in countries of central and eastern Europe - an attempt of accounts
Warsaw: Polish Acad. of Sciences, Inst. of Geography and Spatial Organization, 2010. - 596 S. : graph. Darst., Kt.
Shelfmark: E.K./Wirt/415
Nederveen Pieterse, Jan
Development theory : deconstructions/reconstructions
Los Angeles [u.a.]: Sage, 2010. - XVIII, 252 S.
Shelfmark: THEO/Wirt/077
Turner, Bryan S.; Abercrombie, Nicholas; Hill, Stephen
Dominant ideologies
London [u.a.]: Routledge, 2015. - XVI, 264 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Wirt/416