The MZES library is a central service provider for the institute’s scientific staff with 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 about 110 journals.

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 – 24.00
Sat-Sun 10.00 – 24.00
Borrowing/returning hours: Mon-Fri 8.00 – 19.00


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. With the site plan it will be easy for you to find the locations of the individual signatures.

The library is a reference library, borrowing is restricted to MZES members and members of the university staff.

Conditions of borrowing, borrowing rules, conditions of use (PDF, in German)

There are several devices that can be used with the ECUM-Karte, for example.

The MZES library’s current issues of about 110 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 open from 8.00-16.00.
Contact for searches:

  • Franz Rothenbacher, Europadatenarchiv Zi. 117

New Acquisitions

Thematic focus - December 2014


Reference books

Arulmani, Gideon
Handbook of career development : international perspectives
New York, NY [u.a.]: Springer, 2014. - XXXIII, 771 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Handb/102

EU Integration

Mattera Ricigliano, Alfonso
Notre européanité : une histoire millénaire, de l'épopée de Marathon à la réunification des peuples de l'Ancien Continent
Issy-les-Moulineaux: LGDJ, Lextenso Éd., 2014. - 517 S. : Ill.
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/573

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Panichella, Nazareno
Meridionali al Nord : migrazioni interne e società italiana dal dopoguerra ad oggi
Bologna: Il mulino, 2014. - 260 pages
Shelfmark: I/Bevgeo/050

International relations

Coman, Ramona
Europeanization and European integration : from incremental to structural change
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. - 200 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/584
Müller, Andreas
Governing mobility beyond the state : centre, periphery and the EU's external borders
Houndmills [u.a.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. - VIII, 233 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/586
Orsini, Amandine
The European Union with(in) international organisations : commitment, consistency and effects across time
Farnham [u.a.]: Ashgate, 2014. - XX, 191 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/585

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Henze, Valeska
Improving Future(s) : youth imagery as representations of the political cultures in Sweden and Poland
Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 2014. - 354 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1108
Karvonen, Lauri
Parties, governments and voters in Finland : politics under fundamental societal transformation
Colchester: ECPR, 2014. - 140 S.
Shelfmark: FIN/Polsoz/015

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Höllmann, André
Flucht ins ungelobte Land : die Asyl- und Migrationspolitik der Europäischen Union
Marburg: Tectum, 2014. - 155 S. : graf. Darst., Kt.
Shelfmark: E.A./Sozsta/475
Radl, Jonas
Retirement timing and social stratification : a comparative study of labor market exit and age norms in Western Europe
London: Versita, 2013. - 329 S. : Ill., graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/991
Zammartino, Francesco
Origini, evoluzione e nuove tendenze del welfare state : problemi e prospettive nell'esperienza italiana
Napoli: A. Guida, 2012. - 241 p.
Shelfmark: I/Sozsta/052

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Solozábal Echavarría, Juan José
La reforma federal : España y sus siete espejos
Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2014. - 394 pages
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/648

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Garicano, Luis
El dilema de España : ser más productivos para vivir mejor
Barcelona: Península, 2014. - 199 S.
Shelfmark: E/Wirt/050
Sánchez Andrés, Antonio
Crisis y política económica en España : un análisis de la política económica actual
Cizur Menor: Aranzadi, 2014. - 368 pages
Shelfmark: E/Wirt/049