The MZES library is a central service provider for the institute’s scientific staff and includes 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 all journals licensed for the Mannheim University campus.

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 – 23.00
Sat-Sun 10.00 – 23.00
Borrowing/returning hours: Mon-Fri 8.00 – 18.00


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)
Book search interface for more than hundreds of million books and serials in library and book trade catalogs 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. The site plan help you to locate the relevant volume according to its individual shelfmark.

The library is a reference library, borrowing is restricted to MZES and  university staff member.

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

Several self-service photocopying machines to use with the  ECUM card, as well as free scanners to use with personal USB flash drives are available in the library.

The MZES library’s current issues of 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 accessible by appointment.
Contact for searches:

  • Franz Rothenbacher, Europadatenarchiv Room No 119a
  • Brigitte Reiss, Library Room No 129

New Acquisitions

Thematic focus - March 2020

Education, science, research

Sixt, Michaela (Hrsg.)
Bildungsentscheidungen und lokales Angebot die Bedeutung der Infrastruktur für Bildungsentscheidungen im Lebensverlauf
Münster, Waxmann, 2018
Shelfmark: D/Bild/237

Family, household, kinship

Apostolova, Iva (Hrsg.)
Ageing in an ageing society critical reflections
Sheffield, UK, Equinox, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Famil/192

Radziwinowiczówna, Agnieszka; Rosińska, Anna
Ethnomorality of care migrants and their aging parents
London, Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: PL/Famil/002

Steel, Gill (Hrsg.)
Beyond the gender gap in Japan
Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 2019
Shelfmark: ASI/Famil/013

Zaleski, Kristen (Hrsg.)
Women's journey to empowerment in the 21st century a transnational feminist analysis of women's lives in modern times
New York, Oxford University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: AE/Famil/016

International relations

Bátora, Jozef (Hrsg.)
Towards a segmented European political order the European Union's post-crises conundrum
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/666

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Ashe, Jeanette
Political candidate selection who wins, who loses, and under-representation in the UK
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/310

Buštíková, Lenka
Extreme reactions radical right mobilization in Eastern Europe
Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1305

Chaisty, Paul; Cheeseman, Nic
Coalitional presidentialism in comparative perspective minority presidents in multiparty systems
Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2020
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/368:2

Flesher Fominaya, Cristina (Hrsg.)
Routledge handbook of contemporary European social movements protest in turbulent times
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1304

Krzemiński, Ireneusz ; Poniatowska, Patrycja ÜbersetzerIn
Solidarity the unfulfilled project of Polish democracy
Berlin, Peter Lang, 2019
Shelfmark: PL/Polsoz/059

Maskivker, Julia
The duty to vote
New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/412

Pasquino, Gianfranco
Italian democracy how it works
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: I/Polsoz/201

Veugelers, John Welly Peter
Empire's legacy roots of a far right in contemporary France
New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2020
Shelfmark: F/Polsoz/212

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Gingrich, Luann Good (Hrsg.)
Transnational social policy social welfare in a world on the move
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1057

Mulgan, Geoff
Social innovation how societies find the power to change
Bristol, Policy Press, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/269

Whitworth, Adam (Hrsg.)
Towards a spatial social policy bridging the gap between geography and social policy
Bristol, Policy Press, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/270

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Bouckaert, Geert (Hrsg.)
European perspectives for public administration the way forward
Leuven, Leuven University Press, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/703

Schimmelfennig, Frank ; Winzen, Thomas
Ever looser union? differentiated European integration
Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2020
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/593

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Muzergues, Thibault
The great class shift how new social class structures are redefining Western politics
London, Routledge, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Unglei/189

Reuter, Julia (Hrsg.)
Vom Arbeiterkind zur Professur sozialer Aufstieg in der Wissenschaft : Autobiographische Notizen und soziobiographische Analysen
Bielefeld, transcript, 2020
Shelfmark: D/Unglei/098

Ware, Alan
Inequality in Britain
London, Routledge, 2020
Shelfmark: GB/Unglei/068

Trade unions, employers' organisations, associations at EU level

Schmalz, Stefan (Hrsg.)
Confronting crisis and precariousness organised labour and social unrest in the European Union
London, Rowman & Littlefield International, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Verbän/177

Vorholt, Dominik
Konkurrenzausschluss bei deutschen Wirtschaftsverbänden eine populationszentrierte Untersuchung
Berlin, Lit, 2019
Shelfmark: D/Verbän/115