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 – 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)
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 - May 2016

EU Integration

Baruphakēs, Giannēs
Europa kaputt? : für das Ende der Alternativlosigkeit
Berlin : Matthes & Seitz, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/588

Behr, Hartmut
Revisiting the European Union as empire
London [u.a.] : Routledge 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/590

Foster, Russell
Mapping European empire = Tabulae imperii Europaei
London ; Routledge, 2015
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/589

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Carter, Gregg Lee
Population and society : an introduction
Cambridge, UK ; Polity Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bevgeo/219

Education, science, research

Silva, Filipe Carreira da
Sociology in Portugal : a short history
Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: P/Bild/003

Labour market, classes, professions, status groups

Heidenreich, Martin,
Integrating social and employment policies in Europe : active inclusion and challenges for local welfare governance
Cheltenham ; Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Erwkla/518

Suárez Bosa, Miguel
Historia social y de las relaciones laborales
Las Palmas : Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2015
Shelfmark: E/Erwkla/032

Family, household, kinship

Crespi, Isabella
Balancing work and family in a changing society : the fathers' perspective
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/399

Monetary, financial institutions

Koyama, Yoji,
The Eurozone enlargement : prospect of new EU member states for Euro adoption
New York : Nova Publishers, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Finanz/201

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Barwick, Christine
Social mobility and neighbourhood choice : Turkish-Germans in Berlin
Farnham, Surrey : Ashgate, 2016
Shelfmark: D/Nation/048

Elias, Sean
Racial theories in social science : a systemic racism critique
New York ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: THEO/Nation/053

Hooghe, Liesbet
Measuring regional authority : a postfunctionalist theory of governance
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/452

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Arter, David
Scandinavian politics today
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/322=3

Bukow, Sebastian
Parteien in Staat und Gesellschaft : zum Verhältnis von Parteienstaat und Parteiendemokratie
Wiesbaden : Springer VS, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1153

Bäck, Hanna
Political parties, parliaments and legislative speechmaking
Houndsmill : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1152

Cochrane, Christopher
Left and right : the small world of political ideas
Montreal ; McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/333

Geddes, Andrew
Britain votes 2015
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/273

Goodwin, Matthew J.
UKIP : inside the campaign to redraw the map of British politics
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/272

Grasso, Maria T.
Generations, political participation and social change in Western Europe
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1151

Kunert, Jessica
Members of the European Parliament on the web : transparency, information and representation on personal websites of parliamentarians
Baden-Baden : Nomos 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/309

Magone, José M.
Core-periphery relations in the European Union : power and conflict in a dualist political economy
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/310

Rosset, Jan
Economic inequality and political representation in Switzerland
Cham : Springer, 2016
Shelfmark: CH/Polsoz/072

Tenscher, Jens
Vergleichende Wahlkampfforschung : Studien anlässlich der Bundestags- und Europawahlen 2013 und 2014
Wiesbaden : Springer VS, 2016
Shelfmark: D/Polsoz/345

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Gamble, Andrew
Can the welfare state survive?
Cambridge : Polity Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/241

Pascal, Audrey
Union européenne et USA : protection sociale des travailleurs migrants
Bruxelles : Bruylant, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1011

Schiller, Christof
The politics of welfare state transformation in Germany : still a semi-sovereign state?
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: D/Sozsta/332

Svendsen, Gunnar Lind Haase
Trust, social capital and the Scandinavian welfare state : explaining the flight of the bumblebee
Cheltenham, UK ; Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016
Shelfmark: DK/Sozsta/024

Wallace, Joel
Social change : perspectives, challenges and implications for the future
New York : Nova Publishers, 2015
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/242

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Harzl, Benedikt
Der Georgisch-Abchasische Konflikt : eine rechtliche und politische Analyse
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: ASI/Staat/034

Häberle, Peter
Europäische Verfassungslehre
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/260=8

Concepts & theories of integration, federalism, special theories

Hauswald, Jan-Christoph
Der Angewandte Vetospieleransatz : Bahnstrukturreform und Postreform II neu analysiert
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2015
Shelfmark: THEO/Ent/081

Environmental policy

Koch, Max
Sustainability and the political economy of welfare
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Umwelt/052

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Dean, Hartley,
Social advantage and disadvantage
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/172

Hull, George
The equal society : essays on equality in theory and practice
Lanham ; Lexington Books, 2015
Shelfmark: THEO/Unglei/077

Pierson, John H.
Tackling poverty and social exclusion : promoting social justice in social work
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: GB/Unglei/057

Roy, Ananya
Encountering poverty : thinking and acting in an unequal world
Oakland : University of California Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/171

St.-Hilaire, France
Income inequality : the Canadian story
Montreal : Institute for Research on Public Policy, 2016
Shelfmark: AME/Unglei/008

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Frieden, Luc
Europa 5.0 : ein Geschäftsmodell für unseren Kontinent
Frankfurt ; Campus Verlag, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Wirt/284