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 - September 2016

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Ambrosetti, Elena
Migration in the mediterranean : socio-economic perspectives
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/531

Grabowska, Izabela
Movers and stayers : social mobility, migration and skills
Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang Edition, 2016
Shelfmark: PL/Bevgeo/014

Waters, Mary C.
The integration of immigrants into American society : panel on the integration of immigrants into American society
Washington, DC : National Academies Press, 2015
Shelfmark: USA/Bevgeo/075

Family, household, kinship

Bengtson, Vern L.
Handbook of theories of aging
New York : Springer Publishing Company, 2016
Shelfmark: THEO/Famil/040

Ezawa, Aya
Single mothers in contemporary Japan : motherhood, class, and reproductive practice
Lanham ; Lexington Books, 2016
Shelfmark: ASI/Famil/009

Monetary, financial institutions

Baruphakēs, Giannēs
Das Euro-Paradox : wie eine andere Geldpolitik Europa wieder zusammenführen kann
München : Verlag Antje Kunstmann, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Finanz/206

Religion, culture, media

Heimann, Hans Markus
Deutschland als multireligiöser Staat : eine Herausforderung
Frankfurt am Main : S. Fischer, 2016
Shelfmark: D/Kultur/039

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Flores, Thomas Edward
Elections in hard times : building stronger democracies in the 21st century
Cambridge ; Cambridge University Press, published in association with Wilson Center Press, Washington, DC, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/337

Hart, Austin
Economic voting : a campaign-centered theory
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/193

Holzer, Jan
Challenges to democracies in East Central Europe
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1164

Moffitt, Benjamin
The global rise of populism : performance, political style, and representation
Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/336

Norris, Pippa
Checkbook elections? : political finance in comparative perspective
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1163

Szymanek, Jarosław
Theory of political representation
Frankfurt am Main : Lang 2015
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/192

Regional policy, integration of minorities

Piattoni, Simona
Handbook on cohesion policy in the EU
Cheltenham ; Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Region/292

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Rehm, Philipp
Risk inequality and welfare states : social policy preferences, development, and dynamics
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: THEO/Sozsta/102

Varwick, Johannes
Europäisierung der Alterssicherungspolitik : up-, down- und interload-Prozesse zwischen Mitgliedstaaten und europäischer Ebene
Opladen ; Verlag Barbara Budrich, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Sozsta/488

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Preuß, Ulrich K.
Citizens in Europe : essays on democracy, constitutionalism and European integration
Colchester : ECPR Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/557

Venables, Anthony
Piecing together Europe's citizenship : searching for Cinderella
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/556

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Baldus, Bernd
Origins of inequality in human societies
New York ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: THEO/Unglei/078

Froyum, Carissa
Creating and contesting social inequalities : contemporary readings
New York ; Oxford University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/175

McGill, Kenneth
Global inequality
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/174

Nunlee, Martin
When did we all become middle class?
New York ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: USA/Unglei/088

Warde, Bryan
Inequality in U.S. social policy : an historical analysis
New York ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: USA/Unglei/087

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Leipziger Konferenz zu Kontinuität und Wandel bei Europäisierten Aufsichts- und Regulierungsstrukturen 2015 Leipzig
Kontinuität und Wandel bei europäisierten Aufsichts- und Regulierungsstrukturen
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Wirt/285