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


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)
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 - December 2018

General, social, economic history

Danailov, Teodora Raya
Bulgaria : environmental, social and economic challenges
New York : Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2018
Shelfmark: BG/Allg/024

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Klvaňová, Radka
The brother of the other : immigration from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine to the Czech Republic and the boundaries of belonging
Brno : Masaryk university, 2017
Shelfmark: CZ/Bevgeo/003

Prak, Maarten Roy
Citizens without nations : urban citizenship in Europe and the world, c.1000-1789
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/548

Family, household, kinship

Tsekeris, Charalambos
Youths in challenging situations : international and interdisciplinary perspectives
London ; Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/415

Religion, culture, media

Woolley, Samuel C.
Computational propaganda : political parties, politicians, and political manipulation on social media
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Medien/062

EU member states

Bulmer, Simon
Germany and the European Union : Europe's reluctant Hegemon?
London : Red Globe Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./MGS/497

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Arunagirinathan, Umeswaran
Der fremde Deutsche : Leben zwischen den Kulturen
Hamburg : Konkret Literatur 2017
Shelfmark: D/Nation/049

Ashcroft, Richard
Multiculturalism in contemporary Britain : policy, law and theory
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: GB/Nation/053

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Bull, Martin J.
Italy transformed : politics, society and institutions at the end of the great recession
London : Routledge, 2019
Shelfmark: I/Polsoz/198

Clark, Alistair
Political parties in the UK
London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/301

Hollyer, James R.
Information, democracy and autocracy : economic transparency and political (in)stability
Cambridge ; Cambridge University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/387

Koß, Michael
Parliaments in time : the evolution of legislative democracy in Western Europe, 1866-2015
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1247

Laclau, Ernesto
On populist reason
London ; Verso, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/388

Neblo, Michael A.
Politics with the people : building a directly representative democracy
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/260

Rabinovici, Doron
Alles kann passieren! : ein Polittheater
Wien : Paul Zsolnay Verlag, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1246

Wickham-Jones, Mark
Whatever happened to party government? : controversies in American political science
Ann Arbor, MI : University of Michigan Press, 2018
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/259

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Chilton, Bradley Stuart
The public administration profession : policy, management, and ethics
New York, NY ; Routledge, 2019
Shelfmark: USA/Staat/068

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Abraham, Margaret
Sociology and social justice
Los Angeles ; Sage, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/192

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Chiocchetti, Paolo
Competitiveness and solidarity in the European Union : interdisciplinary perspectives
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Wirt/289


Johnson, Timothy P.
Advances in comparative survey methods : multinational, multiregional, and multicultural contexts (3MC)
Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, 2019
Shelfmark: MET/Erheb/106