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 - July 2016

Reference books

Fioretos, Karl Orfeo
The Oxford handbook of historical institutionalism
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Handb/109

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Gonzalo, Julio A.
World population : past, present, & future
New Jersey : World Scientific, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bevgeo/221

Harper, Sarah
How population change will transform our world
Oxford ; Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bevgeo/222

International relations

Beckouche, Pierre
Atlas of challenges and opportunities in European neighbourhoods : stemming from the ESPON "ITAN" project (Integrated Territorial Analysis of the Neighbourhoods)
Cham : Springer Open, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/607

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Akkerman, Tjitske
Radical right-wing populist parties in Western Europe : into the mainstream?
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1156

Caramani, Daniele
The Europeanization of politics : the formation of a European electorate and party system in historical perspective
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2015
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1159

Deth, Jan W. van
Politik im Kontext: ist alle Politik lokale Politik? : individuelle und kontextuelle Determinanten politischer Orientierungen
Wiesbaden : Springer VS 2013
Shelfmark: D/Polsoz/302

Errejón, Íñigo
Podemos : in the name of the people
London : Lawrence & Wishart, 2016
Shelfmark: E/Polsoz/082

Johns, Robert
Takeover : explaining the extraordinary rise of the SNP
London : Biteback Publishing, 2016
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/274

Kostova, Dobrinka
Institutional trust
Sofia : Prof. Marin Drinov Academic Publishing House, 2014
Shelfmark: BG/Polsoz/009

Maravall, José María
Demands on democracy
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1158

McHarg, Aileen
The Scottish independence referendum : constitutional and political implications
Oxford ; Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/275

Murphy, Gary
Electoral competition in Ireland since 1987 : the politics of triumph and despair
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: IRL/Polsoz/039

Rattinger, Hans
Old friends in troubled waters : policy principles, elites, and U.S.-German relations at the citizen level after the cold war
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1157

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Heidenreich, Martin
Exploring inequality in Europe : diverging income and employment opportunities in the crisis
Cheltenham, UK : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Sozsta/487

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Hammerschmid, Gerhard
Public administration reforms in Europe : the view from the top
Cheltenham ; Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/671

Concepts & theories of integration, federalism, special theories

Ceva, Emanuela
Interactive justice : a proceduralist approach to value conflict in politics
New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016
Shelfmark: THEO/Spez/139

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Bloodworth, James M. B.
The myth of meritocracy : why working-class kids get working-class jobs
London : Biteback Publishing, 2016
Shelfmark: GB/Unglei/058

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Trantidis, Aris
Clientelism and economic policy : Greece and the crisis
London : Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: GR/Wirt/022


Breiger, Ronald L.
Explorations in structural analysis : dual and multiple networks of social interaction
London : Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: MET/Design/234