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 – 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)
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 - February 2018

EU Integration

Rüttgers, Jürgen
Europas Ende, Europas Anfang : neue Perspektiven für die Europäische Union
Bonn : Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/611

Labour market, classes, professions, status groups

Doellgast, Virginia
Reconstructing solidarity : labour unions, precarious work, and the politics of institutional change in Europe
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Erwkla/528

Family, household, kinship

Portier-Le Cocq, Fabienne
Fertility, health and lone parenting : European contexts
Oxford : Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/410

International relations

Schrötter, Hans Jörg
Die Europäische Union und ihre östlichen Nachbarn : neue Partner, die Rolle Russlands und Armeniens gescheiterte Assoziierung
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/630

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Saurugger, Sabine
Crises and institutional change in regional integration
London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/463

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Beyme, Klaus von
From post-democracy to neo-democracy
Cham : Springer, 2018
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/201

Chomsky, Noam
Optimism over despair : on capitalism, empire, and social change
Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books, 2017
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/251

Willumsen, David M.
The acceptance of party unity in parliamentary democracies
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1216

Welfare state, social policy, public health

León, Margarita
The transformation of care in European societies
Basingstoke [u.a.] : Palgrave Macmillan 2014
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1034

Vandenbroucke, Frank
A European social union after the crisis
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Sozsta/493

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Badiou, Alain
Greece and the reinvention of politics
London : Verso, 2018
Shelfmark: GR/Staat/022

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Kaelble, Hartmut
Mehr Reichtum, mehr Armut : soziale Ungleichheit in Europa vom 20. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart
Frankfurt ; Campus Verlag, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Unglei/183


Borgatti, Stephen P.
Analyzing social networks
Los Angeles ; Sage, 2018
Shelfmark: MET/Design/217=2