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 - June 2017

EU Integration

Cini, Michelle
European Union politics
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/318=5

Dinan, Desmond
European Union in crisis
London : Palgrave MacMillan education, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/604

Medeiros, Eduardo
Uncovering the territorial dimension of European Union cohesion policy : cohesion, development, impact assessment, and cooperation
London ; Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/605

General, social, economic history

Frank, Matthew James
Making minorities history : population transfer in twentieth-century Europe
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Allg/292

Education, science, research

Simola, Hannu
The Finnish education mystery : historical and sociological essays on schooling in Finland
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: FIN/Bild/013

Labour market, classes, professions, status groups

Zahn, Rebecca
New labour laws in old member states : trade union responses to European enlargement
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Erwkla/523

EU institutions

Knauff, Matthias
Die Europäische Kommission zwischen Technokratie und Politisierung
Berlin : BWV, Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Inst/237

International relations

Beckouche, Pierre
Europe's Mediterranean neighbourhood : an integrated geography
Cheltenham, UK ; Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/623

Littoz-Monnet, Annabelle
The politics of expertise in international organizations : how international bureaucracies produce and mobilize knowledge
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Intbez/506

Scalera, Jamie E.
Negotiating membership in the WTO and EU : the politics of accession
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Intbez/505

Smith, Michael E.
Europe's common security and defence policy : capacity-building, experiential learning, and institutional change
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/622

Religion, culture, media

Margetts, Helen
Political turbulence : how social media shape collective action
Princeton, New Jersey ; Princeton University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Medien/049

EU member states

Franceschi, Patrice
Combattre! : comment les Etats-Unis d'Europe peuvent sauver la France : manifeste
Paris : Editions de La Martinière, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./MGS/489

Giuliani, Jean-Dominique
Pour quelques étoiles de plus... : quelle politique européenne pour la France?
Gambais : Editions Lignes de Repères, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./MGS/490

Kaliber, Alper
Is Turkey de-Europeanising? : encounters with Europe in a candidate country
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./MGS/488

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Beer, Paul de
Ethnic diversity and solidarity : a study of their complex relationship
Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Nation/153

Franceschelli, Michela
Identity and upbringing in South Asian Muslim families : insights from young people and their parents in Britain
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: GB/Nation/051

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Bedock, Camille
Reforming democracy : institutional engineering in Western Europe
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1187

Blau, Adrian
Methods in analytical political theory
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/196

Crepaz, Markus Michael L.
European democracies
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1188

Iannelli, Laura
Hybrid politics : media and participation
Los Angeles ; SAGE, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/346

Koger, Gregory
Strategic party government : why winning trumps ideology
Chicago ; The University of Chicago Press, 2017
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/238

Lacey, Joseph
Centripetal democracy : democratic legitimacy and political identity in Belgium, Switzerland, and the European Union
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1186

Márquez, Xavier
Non-democratic politics : authoritarianism, dictatorship, and democratization
London : Palgrave, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers Limited, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/347

Potter, Andrew
Should we change how we vote? : evaluating Canada's electoral system
Montréal ; McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: AME/Polsoz/027

Wilenius, Markku
Patterns of the future : understanding the next wave of global change
New Jersey : World Scientific, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/348

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Centro Studi Investimenti Sociali
Rapporto ... sulla situazione sociale del paese
Milano : Franco Angeli Nachgewiesen 1968 - 1969; 4.1971 -
Shelfmark: I/Sozsta/007

Hemerijck, Anton
The uses of social investment
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1029

Midgley, James
Social investment and social welfare : international and critical perspectives
Cheltenham ; Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1028

Schuerkens, Ulrike
Social changes in a global world
Los Angeles : London : New Delhi ; SAGE, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/249

Environmental policy

Fitzpatrick, Tony
A green history of the welfare state
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group ; Earthscan from Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: GB/Umwelt/002

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Erola, Jani
Social inequality across the generations : the role of compensation and multiplication in resource accumulation
Cheltenham, UK , Northampton, MA, USA : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Unglei/177

Harnois, Catherine E.
Analyzing inequalities : an introduction to race, class, gender, and sexuality using the general social survey
Los Angeles ; SAGE, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/182


Scott, John
Social network analysis
Los Angeles ; SAGE, 2017
Shelfmark: MET/Design/023=4

Working Papers

Deutsche Rentenversicherung
Aktuelles Presseseminar der Deutschen Rentenversicherung Bund ... 2016, Am 9. und 10. November 2016 in Würzburg
Berlin : Dt Rentenversicherung, 2016
Shelfmark: WP/D/DRV/Schrif/110