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 - May 2018

Reference books

Rydgren, Jens
The Oxford handbook of the radical right
New York : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Handb/119

General, social, economic history

Evangelista, Matthew
Italy from crisis to crisis : political economy, security, and society in the 21st century
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: I/ALLG/066

Wasserstrom, Jeffrey N.
China in the 21st century : what everyone needs to know
New York : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: ASI/Allg/047

Ījabs, Ivars
Lettland 1918-2018 : ein Jahrhundert Staatlichkeit
Paderborn : Ferdinand Schöningh, 2018
Shelfmark: LV/Allg/008

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Kaloudis, George S.
Modern Greece and the diaspora Greeks in the United States
Lanham ; Lexington Books, 2018
Shelfmark: GR/Bevgeo/022

Thorvaldsen, Gunnar
Censuses and census takers : a global history
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bevgeo/231

Labour market, classes, professions, status groups

Baxandall, Phineas
Constructing unemployment : the politics of joblessness in East and West
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: H/Erwkla/004

Monetary, financial institutions

Ragone, Sabrina
Managing the euro crisis : national EU policy coordination in the debtor countries
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Finanz/213

International relations

Bitzegeio, Ursula
Flucht, Transit, Asyl : interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf ein europäisches Versprechen
Bonn : Dietz, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/636

Spaiser, Olga A.
The European Union's influence in Central Asia : geopolitical challenges and responses
Lanham ; Lexington Books, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/635

Wood, Stephen
Germany and East-Central Europe : political, economic and socio-cultural relations in the era of EU enlargement
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/634

Religion, culture, media

Truong, Fabien
Radicalized loyalties : becoming Muslim in the West
Cambridge : Polity, 2018
Shelfmark: F/Kultur/025

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Dowling, Andrew
The rise of Catalan independence : Spain's territorial crisis
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: E/Nation/036

Petersen, William
From persons to people : further studies in the politics of population
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Nation/154

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Akgül Açıkmeşe, Sinem
The European Union and the Black Sea : the state of play
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/336

Chaisty, Paul
Coalitional presidentialism in comparative perspective : minority presidents in multiparty systems
Oxford : Oxford Univ Press, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/368

Emanuele, Vincenzo
Cleavages, institutions and competition : understanding vote nationalisation in Western Europe (1965-2015)
Colchester : ECPR Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1225

Greve, Bent
Social and labour market policy : the basics
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/363

Hassell, Hans J.G.
The party's primary : control of congressional nominations
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/253

Hertner, Isabelle
Centre-left parties and the European Union : power, accountability and democracy
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1224

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Aussenstelle
Chancen und Herausforderungen im Kaukasus : die Rolle der Türkei als regionaler Stabilitätsfaktor
Cankaya-Ankara : Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung 09.Juli 2997
Shelfmark: OE/Polsoz/208

Long, Kenneth J.
Contemporary anti-Muslim politics : aggressions and exclusions
Lanham ; Lexington Books, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1227

Manow, Philip
Welfare democracies and party politics : explaining electoral dynamics in times of changing welfare capitalism
Oxford ; Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1226

Matanock, Aila M.
Electing peace : from civil conflict to political participation
Cambridge ; Cambridge University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/367

Matveeva, Anna
Through times of trouble : conflict in southeastern Ukraine explained from within
Lanham ; Lexington Books, 2018
Shelfmark: UKR/Polsoz/066

Morel, Laurence
The Routledge handbook to referendums and direct democracy
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/369

Mounk, Yascha
The people vs. democracy : why our freedom is in danger and how to save it
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/365

Mujanović, Jasmin
Hunger and fury : the crisis of democracy in the Balkans
London : Hurst & Company, 2018
Shelfmark: OE/Polsoz/207

O'Neil, Patrick H.
Cases and concepts in comparative politics : an integrated approach
New York ; W. W. Norton & Company, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/364

Reilly, Shauna
Direct democracy : a double-edged sword
Boulder, Colorado ; Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/366

Saunders, Robert
Yes to Europe! : the 1975 referendum and seventies Britain
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/292

Vasilopoulou, Sofia
Far right parties and euroscepticism : patterns of opposition
London ; Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1223

Vries, Catherine E. de
Euroscepticism and the future of European integration
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/335

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Dahl, Hanne Marlene
Dilemmas of care in the Nordic welfare state : continuity and change
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1037

Estes, Richard J.
Advances in well-being : towards a better world
London ; Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/254

Pigou, Arthur C.
The economics of welfare
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/255

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Cochrane, Feargal
Mediating power-sharing : devolution and consociationalism in deeply divided societies
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/685

Dardanelli, Paolo
Restructuring the European state : European integration and state reform
Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/577

Concepts & theories of integration, federalism, special theories

Meurs, Wim P. van
The unfinished history of European integration
Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Theorie/123

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Wysong, Earl
Deep inequality : understanding the new normal and how to challenge it
Lanham ; Rowman & Littlefield, 2018
Shelfmark: USA/Unglei/092

Trade unions, employers' organisations, associations at EU level

Hertel-Fernandez, Alex
Politics at work : how companies turn their workers in lobbyists
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: USA/Verbän/024


Best, Shaun
Understanding and doing successful research : data collection and analysis for the social sciences
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: MET/Erheb/102

Working Papers

Siegenthaler, Jürg K.
Poverty among single elderly women under different systems of old-age security : a comparative review
Differdange : LIS 1996
Shelfmark: WP/INT/CEPS/LIS/149

Stapf, Heinz
Old-age poverty in selected countries of the European community - are women disproportionally affected
Walferdange : LIS 1994
Shelfmark: WP/INT/CEPS/LIS/105