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 – 24.00
Sat-Sun 10.00 – 24.00
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)
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 - July 2015

EU Integration

Tiersky, Ronald P.
Europe today : a twenty-first century introduction
Lanham [u.a.]: Rowman & Littefield, 2015. - XIX, 468 S. : graph. Darst., Kt.
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/285=5

General, social, economic history

Du Castel, Viviane
De Königsberg à Kaliningrad : l'Europe face à un nouveau "département d'outre-terre" russe sur la Baltique
Paris: Harmattan, 2007. - 501 S.
Shelfmark: RUS/Allg/036

EU institutions

Harst, Jan van der
An impossible job? : the presidents of the European Commission, 1958-2014
London: John Harper, 2015. - XI, 312 S. : Ill.
Shelfmark: E.A./Inst/225

International relations

Naumescu, Valentin
The European Union\'s eastern neighbourhood today : politics, dynamics, perspectives
Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publ., 2015. - VI, 365 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/595
Wetzel, Anne
The substance of EU democracy promotion : concepts and cases
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - XVIII, 312 s.
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/595

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Bouza Garcia, Luis
Participatory democracy and civil society in the EU : agenda-setting and institutionalisation
Basingstoke [u.a.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - XVI, 199 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/299
Bützer, Michael
Direkte Demokratie in Schweizer Städten : Ursprung, Ausgestaltung und Gebrauch im Vergleich
Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2007. - 308 S. : graph Darst.
Shelfmark: CH/Polsoz/070
Diamond, Larry Jay
In search of democracy
London, New York: Routledge, 2016. - XV, 469 S.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/324
Olhouser, Elisabeth
Democratization in Ukraine, Georgia, and Belarus : Success, Stagnation, and Context
New York, NY: Nova Publ., 2014. - X, 187 S.
Shelfmark: AE/Polsoz/010
Poguntke, Thomas; Roßteutscher, Sigrid; Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger; Zmerli, Sonja
Citizenship and democracy in an era of crisis : essays in honour of Jan. W. van Deth
London, New York: Routledge, 2015. - XXI, 256 S. : graph Darst.
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/298
Seldon, Anthony
The coalition effect, 2010-2015
Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015. - XVI, 627 S. : Ill.
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/267
Turan, İlter
Turkey\'s difficult journey to democracy : two steps forward, one step back
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. - IX, 252 Seiten
Shelfmark: TR/Polsoz/023
Wiersma, Jan Marinus
Problems of representative democracy in Europe : a challenge for progressives
Amsterdam: Van Gennep, 2014. - 208 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/297
Štiks, Igor
Nations and citizens in Yugoslavia and the post-Yugoslav states : one hundred years of citizenship
London: Bloomsbury, 2015. - XI, 225 S.
Shelfmark: YU/Polsoz/008

Regional policy, integration of minorities

Lazaridis, Gabriella
International migration into Europe : from subjects to abjects
New York, NY [u.a.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - X, 199 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Region/288
Schöpflin, György
The dilemmas of identity
Tallinn: TLU Press, 2010. - 383 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Region/287

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Cox, Carole
Social policy for an aging society : a human rights perspective
New York: Springer, 2015. - XI, 211 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: USA/Sozsta/171
Davies, William
The happiness industry : how the government and big business sold us well-being
London ; New York: Verso, 2015. - 314 S.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/233
Neuberger, Franz
Kinder des Kapitalismus : Subjektivität, Lebensqualität und intergenerationale Solidarität in Europa
Baden-Baden: ed. sigma bei Nomos, 2015. - 306 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.A./Sozsta/479

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Boix, Carles
Political order and inequality : their foundations and their consequences for human welfare
Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015. - XIII, 311 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Staat/177
Campbell, John L.; Hall, John A.
The world of states
London [u.a.]: Bloomsbury, 2015. - VI, 138 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/661
Cerioni, Luca
European Union and direct taxation : a solution for a difficult relationship
London [u.a.]: Routledge, 2015. - XVIII, 250 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/548
Jarosz, Adam
Good governance and civil society : selected issues on the relations between state, economy and society
Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. - VIII, 364 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/660
Rothgang, Heinz
State transformations in OECD countries : dimensions, driving forces and trajectories
Basingstoke [u.a.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - XIV, 317 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/659

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Dāsagupta, Kasturī
Introducing social stratification : the causes and consequences of inequality
Boulder [u.a.]: Rienner, 2015. - XII, 449 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: USA/Unglei/083
Hassenstab, Christine M.
Gender (in)equality and gender politics in Southeastern Europe : a question of justice
Basingstoke [u.a.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - XIV, 380 S. : gaph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Unglei/163

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Berta, Giuseppe
La via del Nord : dal miracolo economico alla stagnazione
Bologna: Il mulino, 2015. - 295 p.
Shelfmark: I/Wirt/044
Micklitz, Hans-Wolfgang
Consumer debt and social exclusion in Europe
Farnham, Surrey, UK ; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015. - XI, 244 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Wirt/283


Liu, Bing
Sentiment analysis : mining opinions, sentiments, and emotions
Cambridge [u.a.]: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015. - XVI, 367 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: MET/Allg/091