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 - January 2017

Reference books

Europäische Akademie Bozen
European yearbook of minority issues
The Hague [u.a.] : Kluwer Law International 1.2001/02(2003) -
Shelfmark: E.K./Info/Jahrb/008

Luijkx, Ruud
European values in numbers : trends and traditions at the turn of the century
Leiden ; Brill, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Info/Daten/020

EU Integration

Berend, Tibor Iván
The contemporary crisis of the European Union : prospects for the future
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/598

Busch, Klaus
Europa geht auch solidarisch! : Streitschrift für eine andere Europäische Union
Hamburg : VSA: Verlag, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/597

Verhofstadt, Guy
Europe's last chance : why the European states must form a more perfect union
New York : Basic Books, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/599

General, social, economic history

Rosengarten, Ulrich
Litauen - ein europäischer Staat zwischen Ost und West
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: LT/Allg/014

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Kivisto, Peter
National identity in an age of migration : the US experience
London : Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: USA/Bevgeo/077

Nadler, Robert
Return migration and regional development in Europe : mobility against the stream
London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/534

Education, science, research

Bucholc, Marta
Sociology in Poland : to be continued?
London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: PL/Bild/005

Loprieno, Antonio
Die entzauberte Universität : europäische Hochschulen zwischen lokaler Trägerschaft und globaler Wissenschaft
Wien : Passagen Verlag, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bild/096

Labour market, classes, professions, status groups

Antoniou, Alexander-Stamatios G.
The aging workforce handbook : individual, organizational and societal challenges
Bingley : Emerald, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Erwkla/111

Family, household, kinship

Albera, Dionigi
Reframing the history of family and kinship : from the Alps towards Europe
Bern ; Peter Lang, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/401

EU institutions

Jensen, Mads Dagnis
EU presidencies between politics and administration : the governmentality of the Polish, Danish and Cypriot trio presidency in 2011-12
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Inst/236

Pukallus, Stefanie
Representations of European citizenship since 1951
[London] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Inst/235

Rauh, Christian
A responsive technocracy? : EU politicisation and the consumer policies of the European Commission
Colchester, United Kingdom : ECPR Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Inst/234

International relations

Gstöhl, Sieglinde
Theorizing the European neighbourhood policy
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/614

Ross Smith, Nicholas
EU-Russian relations and the Ukraine crisis
Cheltenham ; Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/613

EU member states

Păun, Nicolae
Borders, identities, communities : the road to reconciliation and partnership in Central and Eastern Europe
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./MGS/487

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Madsen, Peter
Challenging identities : European horizons
New York ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/455

Tomić, Đorđe
Phantomgrenzen und regionale Autonomie im postsozialistischen Südosteuropa : die Vojvodina und das Banat im Vergleich
Göttingen : Wallstein Verlag, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/454

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Boicu, Roxandra
Political communication and European Parliamentary elections in times of crisis : perspectives from Central and South-Eastern Europe
London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1172

Brancati, Dawn
Democracy protests : origins, features, and significance
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/338

Brennan, Jason
Against democracy
Princeton ; Princeton University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/194

David, Richard
Twitter and elections around the world : campaigning in 140 characters or less
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/339

FitzGibbon, John
Euroscepticism as a transnational and pan-European phenomenon : the emergence of a new sphere of opposition
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/320

Garry, John
Consociation and voting in Northern Ireland : party competition and electoral behavior
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/280

Grossmann, Matthew
Asymmetric politics : ideological Republicans and group interest Democrats
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/232

Haggard, Stephan
Dictators and democrats : masses, elites, and regime change
Princeton ; Princeton University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/341

Hale, Henry E.
Beyond the Euromaidan : comparative perspectives on advancing reform in Ukraine
Stanford : Stanford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: UKR/Polsoz/063

Lupia, Arthur
Uninformed : why people know so little about politics and what we can do about it
New York : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/340

Mohamedou, Mohammad-Mahmoud
Democratisation in the 21st century : reviving transitology
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1171

Mutch, Robert E.
Buying the vote : a history of campaign finance reform
Oxford ; Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/233

Peucker, Mario
Muslim citizenship in liberal democracies : civic and political participation in the West
[Cham] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1173

Schweiger, Christian
Exploring the EU's legitimacy crisis : the dark heart of Europe
Cheltenham ; Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/321

Steg, Christian
Die Kandidatenaufstellung zur Bundestagswahl : Analyse der Nominierungen von CDU und SPD in Baden-Württemberg zur Bundestagswahl 2009
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: D/Polsoz/347

Tyson, Vanessa C. ˜
Twists of fate : multiracial coalitions and minority representation in the US House of Representatives
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/234

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Hofäcker, Dirk
Delaying retirement : progress and challenges of active ageing in Europe, the United States and Japan
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1022

Joseph, Gillian
Diverse perspectives on aging in a changing world
London : Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/245

Karimi, Sirvan
Beyond the welfare state : postwar social settlement and public pension policy in Canada and Australia
Toronto ; University of Toronto Press, 2017
Shelfmark: AE/Sozsta/018

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Ademmer, Esther
Russia's impact on EU policy transfer to the post-Soviet space : the contested neighborhood
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/676

Clouser McCann, Pamela J.
The federal design dilemma : Congress and intergovernmental delegation
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: USA/Staat/066

Gamper, Anna
Föderale Kompetenzverteilung in Europa
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/675

Gelʹman, Vladimir Jakovlevič
Authoritarian modernization in Russia : ideas, institutions, and politics
London : Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: RUS/Staat/069

Klassen, Thomas R.
The Routledge handbook of global public policy and administration
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Staat/181

Vincze, Attila
Unionsrecht und Verwaltungsrecht : eine rechtsvergleichende Untersuchung zur Rezeption des Unionsrechts
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/674

Concepts & theories of integration, federalism, special theories

Hrbek, Rudolf; Große Hüttmann, Martin
Renaissance des Föderalismus? : zur Diskussion über die Weiterentwicklung der EU
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Theorie/121

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Bacqué, Marie-Hélène
The middle classes and the city : a study of Paris and London
Basingstoke [u.a.] : Palgrave Macmillan 2015
Shelfmark: E.K./Unglei/172

Cremer, Georg
Armut in Deutschland : Wer ist arm? Was läuft schief? Wie können wir handeln?
München : C.H. Beck, 2016
Shelfmark: D/Unglei/096

Trade unions, employers' organisations, associations at EU level

Wenzel, Michał
Labour protest in Poland : trade unions and employee interest articulation after socialism
Frankfurt am Main ; Peter Lang Edition, 2016
Shelfmark: PL/Verbän/005


Song, Yang
Social network analysis : methods and examples
Los Angeles : Sage, 2017
Shelfmark: MET/Design/239