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 - September 2014


Reference books

Martin, Shane
The Oxford handbook of legislative studies
Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford Univ. Press, 2014. - XIII, 761 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Handb/101

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Heath, Anthony F.
Migrants and their children in Britain : generational change in patterns of ethnic minority integration
New York [u.a.]: Routledlge, 2014. - XI, 184 S.
Shelfmark: GB/Bevgeo/045
Konzelmann, Laura; Bergmann, Michael; Rattinger, Hans
Demographic change in Germany - its political consequences
Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2014. - 338 S. : Ill., graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: D/Bevgeo/174

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Arbour, Brian
Candidate-centered campaigns : political messages, winning personalities, and personal appeals
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. - XVII, 204 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/223
Lucardie, Paul
Democratic extremism in theory and practice : all power to the people
London [u.a.]: Routledge, 2014. - XII, 194 S.
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/185

Welfare state, social policy, public health

White, Mark D.
The illusion of well-being : economic policymaking based on respect and responsiveness
New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. - 206 S.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/225
Allin, Paul; Hand, David J.
The wellbeing of nations : meaning, motive and measurement
Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. - X, 278 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/226

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Costa, Olivier; Brack, Nathalie
How the EU really works
Farnham: Ashgate, 2014. - VIII, 264 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/540
Kerssenbrock, Rembert
Die Vereinigten Staaten von Europa : die Lissabon-Entscheidung und die Notwendigkeit, Volkssouveränität neu zu verstehen
Berlin: Epubli, 2013. - X, 190 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/541

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Dorling, Daniel
Inequality and the 1%
Brooklyn: Verso, 2014. - 234 S. : zahlr. Ill., graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: GB/Unglei/055
Paganetto, Luigi
Wealth, income inequalities, and demography : the long-term policy view
Cham, Heidelberg, New York, Berlin: Springer, 2014. - VI, 291 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/157

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Kokocińska, Małgorzata
Stages of the convergence in the developed European economies
Poznań: Poznań University of Economics Press, 2012. - 145 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.A./Wirt/280


Stone, Arthur A.; Mackie, Christohper
Subjective well-being : measuring happiness, suffering, and other dimensions of experience
Washington: National Academies Press, 2013. - XIII, 188 S.
Shelfmark: MET/Erheb/096

Working Papers

Beier, Harald; Schulz, Sonja; Kroneberg, Clemens
Freundschaft und Gewalt im Jugendalter : Feldbericht der ersten Erhebungswelle (Technical Report)
Mannheim: Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung, 2014. - 22 S.
Shelfmark: WP/D/MZES/ArbPap/158
Leszczensky, Lars; Pink, Sebastian; Kalter, Frank
Freundschaft und Identität in der Schule : Feldbericht zu Welle 1 und Welle 2 (Technical Report)
Mannheim: Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung, 2014. - 24 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: WP/D/MZES/ArbPap/157