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 - August 2017

Reference books

Dølvik, Jon Erik
Labour mobility in the enlarged single European market
Bingley : Emerald Group Publishing, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Info/Jahrb/006=32

EU Integration

Hoebink, Hein
Wir brauchen das Vereinte Europa!
Essen : Klartext, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/606

General, social, economic history

Cole, Alistair
French politics and society
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: F/Allg/048=3

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Eager, Paige Whaley
Global population policy : from poulation contral to reproductive rights
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bevgeo/227

Education, science, research

Moutsios, Stavros
Society and education : an outline of comparison
London ; Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bild/098

Waller, Richard
Higher education and social inequalities : university admissions, experiences, and outcomes
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: GB/Bild/040

Wisselgren, Per
The social scientific gaze : the social question and the rise of academic social science in Sweden
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
Shelfmark: S/Bild/008

Labour market, classes, professions, status groups

David, Alexandra
Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills in Europe : examples to improve potential entrepreneurial spirit
Opladen ; Barbara Budrich Publishers, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Erwkla/526

Family, household, kinship

Lamb, Sarah
Successful aging as a contemporary obsession : global perspectives
New Brunswick ; Rutgers University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Famil/183

Warat, Marta
Gender equality and quality of life : perspectives from Poland and Norway
Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang Edition, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/405

EU institutions

Nugent, Neill
The government and politics of the European Union
London : Palgrave macmillan education, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Inst/020=8

Schmahl, Stefanie
The Council of Europe : its law and policies
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Inst/238

International relations

Berti, Benedetta
Democratization in EU foreign policy : new member states as drivers of democracy promotion
London; New York : Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/626

Bourantonis, Dimitrios
The EU in UN politics : actors, processes and performances
London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Intbez/507

Busygina-Thränert, Irina M.
Russia-EU relations and the common neighborhood : coercion vs. authority
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/625

Hill, Christopher
International relations and the European Union
Oxford [u.a.] : Oxford Univ. Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/481=3

Hilz, Wolfram
Deutschland und Polen in der Europäischen Union : nationale Präferenzen und Kooperationspotentiale ein Vierteljahrhundert nach dem Umbruch 1989/90
Marburg : Tectum Verlag, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/624

Huigens, Judith
The EU and effective multilateralism : internal and external reform practices
London : Routledge 2014
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/627

Religion, culture, media

Seizov, Ognyan
New studies in multimodality : conceptual and methodological elaborations
London ; Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
Shelfmark: THEO/Medien/011

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Weisskirch, Robert S.
Language brokering in immigrant families : theories and contexts
New York : Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/460

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Abromeit, John
Transformations of populism in Europe and the Americas : history and recent tendencies
London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1195

Bee, Cristiano
Active citizenship in Europe : practices and demands in the EU, Italy, Turkey and the UK
New York, NY : Springer, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/326

Bröning, Michael
Flucht, Migration und die Linke in Europa
Bonn : Dietz, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1192

Chou, Mark
Young people, citizenship and political participation : combating civic deficit?
London ; Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/351

Farrer, Benjamin
Organizing for policy influence : comparing parties, interest groups, and direct action
New York : Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/353

Harden, Jeffrey J.
Multidimensional democracy : a supply and demand theory of representation in American legislatures
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/242

Johnston, Christopher D.
Open versus closed : personality, identity, and the politics of redistribution
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/241

Knutsen, Oddbjørn
The nordic models in political science : challenged, but still viable?
Bergen : Fagbokforlaget, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1191

Renshon, Jonathan
Fighting for status : hierarchy and conflict in world politics
Princeton ; Princeton University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/352

Sobolewska-Myślik, Katarzyna
Organizational structures of political parties in Central and Eastern European countries
Kraków : Jagiellonian University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1193

Tabak, Hüsrev
Domestic and regional uncertainties in the new Turkey
Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017
Shelfmark: TR/Polsoz/025

Öhberg, Patrik
Ambitious politicians : the implications of career ambition in representative democracy
Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1194

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Bartholomew, James
The welfare of nations
London : Biteback Publishing, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1030

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Dahlström, Carl
Organizing Leviathan : politicians, bureaucrats and the making of good government
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Staat/182

Kuijper, Pieter Jan
The law of EU external relations : cases, materials, and commentary on the EU as an international legal actor
Oxford : Oxford Univ Press 2015
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/568

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Cappellari, Lorenzo
Inequality : causes and consequences
Bingley, United Kingdom : Emerald, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Unglei/178

Keating, Michael
A wealthier, fairer Scotland : the political economy of constitutional change
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: GB/Unglei/061

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Hickel, Jason
The divide : a brief guide to global inequality and its solutions
London : William Heinemann, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Wirt/215


Haven, Emmanuel
Quantum methods in social science : a first course
London : World Scientific, 2017
Shelfmark: MET/Allg/092