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)
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. 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 - August 2016

EU Integration

Atkinson, A. B.
Nationalstaat und Europäische Union : eine Bestandsaufnahme : Liber Amicorum für Joachim Jens Hesse
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/593

General, social, economic history

Crouch, Colin
Society and social change in 21st century Europe
New York, N.Y. ; Palgrave, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Allg/288

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Geddes, Andrew
The politics of migration and immigration in Europe
Los Angeles : Sage, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/259=2

Savoy, Conor M.
Global development monitor : a changing world : a report of the CSIS Project on U.S. Leadership in Development
Lanham ; Rowman & Littlefield, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bevgeo/223

Education, science, research

Côté, James E.
Routledge handbook of the sociology of higher education
London, New York : Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Bild/341

Masson, Philippe
Sociology in France after 1945
Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: F/Bild/059

Walther, Andreas
Governance of educational trajectories in Europe : pathways, policy and practice
London : Bloomsbury, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Bild/340

Family, household, kinship

Bradshaw, Jonathan
The well-being of children in the UK
Bristol ; Policy Press, 2016
Shelfmark: GB/Famil/106=4

Streib, Jessi
The power of the past : understanding cross-class marriages
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015
Shelfmark: ALLG/Famil/178

Monetary, financial institutions

Stiglitz, Joseph E.
The Euro : and its threat to the future of Europe
London : Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Finanz/205

EU institutions

Roger, Lea
Voice(s) in the European Parliament : deliberation and negotiation in EP Committees
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Inst/233

International relations

Conference on "Constructions of Globality: Ideas, Artefacts and Images" 2013 Kopenhagen
The politics of globality since 1945 : assembling the planet
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Intbez/502

Fachkonferenz: Northern and Southern Caucasus in the European Neighbourhood 2014 Darmstadt
Caucasus, the EU and Russia - triangular cooperation?
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/609

Ville, Ferdi de
TTIP : wie das Handelsabkommen den Welthandel verändert und die Politik entmachtet
Bielefeld : transcript, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/608

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Aguilera de Prat, Cesáreo R.
The European democratic deficit : the response of the parties in the 2014 elections
Bruxelles : P.I.E. - Peter Lang, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/315

Albert, Mathias
A theory of world politics
Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/191

Amini, Babak
The radical left in Europe in the age of austerity
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1161

Bachtler, John
EU cohesion policy in practice : what does it achieve?
London ; Rowman & Littlefield, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/316

Lazaridis, Gabriella
The rise of the far right in Europe : populist shifts and 'othering'
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1162

Vrablíková, Kateřina
What kind of democracy? : participation, inclusiveness and contestation
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/335

Regional policy, integration of minorities

Sterl, Barbara
Die Europäisierung der Kommunen: zwischen Absorption und Transformation
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Region/291

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Abbott, Pamela
The decent society : planning for social quality
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/243

Bochel, Hugh M.
The coalition government and social policy : restructuring the welfare state
Bristol ; Policy Press, 2016
Shelfmark: GB/Sozsta/200

Hurst, Charles E.
Social inequality : forms, causes, and consequences$bCharles E. Hurst, Heather M. Fitz Gibbon, and Anne M. Nurse
New York ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: USA/Sozsta/069=9

Reid, Donald G.
Social policy and planning for the 21st century : in search of the next great social transformation
New York ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/244

Wollmann, Hellmut
Public and social services in Europe : from public and municipal to private sector provision
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1015

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Benz, Arthur
Constitutional policy in multilevel government : the art of keeping the balance
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/672

Ghai, Yash P.
Practising self-government : a comparative study of autonomous regions
Cambridge [u.a.] : Cambridge Univ Press 2013
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/673

Trade unions, employers' organisations, associations at EU level

Dür, Andreas
Insiders versus outsiders : interest group politics in multilevel Europe
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Verbän/172