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 - April 2017

Monetary, financial institutions

Henning, C. Randall
Tangled governance : international regime complexity, the troika, and the Euro crisis
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Finanz/210

International relations

Carey, Henry F.
The challenges of European governance in the age of economic stagnation, immigration, and refugees
Lanham ; Lexington Books, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/617

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Vetter, Reinhold
Nationalismus im Osten Europas : was Kaczyński und Orbán mit Le Pen und Wilders verbindet
Berlin : Ch. Links Verlag, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/457

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Fielitz, Maik
Trouble on the far right : contemporary right-wing strategies and practices in Europe
Bielefeld : transcript, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1183

Kepel, Gilles
Der Bruch : Frankreichs gespaltene Gesellschaft
München : Verlag Antje Kunstmann, 2017
Shelfmark: F/Polsoz/208

Morlino, Leonardo
Political science : a global perspective
London : Sage Publications, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/344

PRuF-Symposion 2015 - „Etablierungschancen neuer Parteien“ 2015 Düsseldorf
Etablierungschancen neuer Parteien
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1184

Rath, Gabriel
Brexitannia. Die Geschichte einer Entfremdung : warum Großbritannien für den Brexit stimmte
Wien : Braumüller, 2016
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/283

Sheehan, Helena
The Syriza wave : surging and crashing with the Greek left
New York : Monthly Review Press, 2016
Shelfmark: GR/Polsoz/036

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Patrick, Ruth
For whose benefit? : the everyday realities of welfare reform
Bristol : Policy Press, 2017
Shelfmark: GB/Sozsta/201

Spicker, Paul
Arguments for welfare : welfare state and social policy
London : Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/247

Concepts & theories of integration, federalism, special theories

Bicchieri, Cristina
Norms in the wild : how to diagnose, measure, and change social norms
New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: THEO/Spez/142

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Cantillon, Béa
Children of austerity : impact of the great recession on child poverty in rich countries
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Unglei/174

Ragin, Charles C.
Intersectional inequality : race, class, test scores, and poverty
Chicago ; University of Chicago Press, 2017
Shelfmark: USA/Unglei/089

Scheidel, Walter
The great leveler : violence and the history of inequality from the stone age to the twenty-first century
Princeton ; Princeton University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/179

Wulfgramm, Melike
Welfare state transformations and inequality in OECD countries
London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Unglei/173

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Amable, Bruno
Structural crisis and institutional change in modern capitalism : French capitalism in transition
New York, NY ; Oxford University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: F/Wirt/031

Frye, Timothy
Property rights and property wrongs : how power, institutions, and norms shape economic conflict in Russia
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: RUS/Wirt/044