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 – 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. 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 - March 2016

Reference books

Istituto di Studi Politici, Economici e Sociali
Rapporto Italia : RI; percorsi di ricerca nella società italiana; centro, periferia, vecchio, nuovo, naturale, artificiale, superfluo, necessario, rumore, silenzio, guerra, pace
Roma : EURISPES, 2016
Shelfmark: I/Info/Jahrb/002

EU Integration

Konicz, Tomasz
Aufstieg und Zerfall des Deutschen Europa
Münster : Unrast 2015
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/587

Labour market, classes, professions, status groups

De Geus, Aart Jan
Europe reforms labour markets : leaders' perspectives
Berlin : De Gruyter, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Erwkla/517

Family, household, kinship

Andresen, Sabine; Galic, Danijela
Kinder. Armut. Familie. Zusammenfassung
Gütersloh : Verl Bertelsmann Stiftung 2015
Shelfmark: D/Famil/221=2

Andresen, Sabine; Galic, Danijela
Kinder. Armut. Famile. Hauptband
Gütersloh : Verl Bertelsmann Stiftung 2015
Shelfmark: D/Famil/221=1

Carol, Sarah
Social integration and intermarriage in Europe : Islam, partner-choices and parental influence
Farnham, Surrey ; Ashgate, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/394

Horn, Vincent
Transnational aging : current insights and future challenges
New York ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/395

Scharenberg, Katja
Transitionen im Jugendalter. 2
Zürich : Seismo 2016
Shelfmark: CH/Famil/020=2

Monetary, financial institutions

Caporaso, James A.
The political and economic dynamics of the Eurozone crisis
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Finanz/198

Krieger, Tim
Europe's crisis : the conflict-theoretical perspective
Baden-Baden : Nomos 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Finanz/199

EU institutions

Conrad, Maximilian
Bridging the gap? : opportunities and constraints of the European citizens' initiative
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Inst/231

International relations

Buszweski, Sinthiou; Martini, Stefan; Rathke, Hannes
Freihandel vs. Demokratie : Grundsätze transnationaler Legitimation: Partizipation, Reversibilität, Transparenz
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Intbez/500

Hauser, Gunther
Die OSZE : Konfliktmanagement im Spannungsfeld regionaler Interessen
Opladen ; Verlag Barbara Budrich, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Intbez/501

Religion, culture, media

Fox, Jonathan
The unfree exercise of religion : aworld survey of discrimination against religious minorities
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Kultur/081

EU member states

Koyama, Yoji
The EU's eastward enlargement : Central and Eastern Europe's strategies for development
Singapore : World Scientific, 2015
Shelfmark: E.A./MGS/486

Müftüler-Baç, Meltem
Divergent pathways: Turkey and the European Union : re-thinking the dynamics of Turkish-European Union relations
Opladen ; Barbara Budrich Publishers, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./MGS/485

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Cross, William P.
The politics of party leadership : a cross-national perspective
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/331

Ferrin, Monica
How Europeans view and evaluate democracy
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1146

Hague, Rod
Comparative government and politics : an introduction
London ; Palgrave, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/196=10

Heywood, Andrew
Political ideologies : an introduction
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan c2012
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/156

Marhold, Hartmut
Europe under stress : internal and external challenges for the EU and its member states
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/305

Pierre, Jon
The Oxford Handbook of Swedish politics
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: S/Polsoz/030

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Lechevalier, Arnaud
Social Europe - a dead end : what the Eurozone crisis is doing to Europe's social dimension
Copenhagen : DJØF-Publishing 2015
Shelfmark: E.A./Sozsta/485

López-Santana, Mariely
The new governance of welfare states in the United States and Europe : between decentralization and centralization in the activation era
Albany : Suny Press, 2015
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1007

Marin, Bernd
The future of welfare in a global europe
Farnham [u.a.] : Ashgate 2015
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1009

Nyqvist, Anette
Reform and responsibility in the remaking of the Swedish national pension system : opening the orange envelope
Basingstoke, Hampshire ; Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: S/Sozsta/039

Schubert, Klaus
Challenges to European welfare systems
Cham ; Springer, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1008

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Faulstroh, Nikolaus
Die Balkankrisen von 1908-1914 und die Jugoslawienkonflikte von 1991-1999 im Beziehungsgeflecht der Großmächte : das Verhalten von internationalen Akteuren bei der Ausbreitung von Konflikten auf dem Balkan
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2015
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/668

Grimm, Dieter
Europa ja - aber welches? : zur Verfassung der europäischen Demokratie
München : C.H. Beck, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/355

Menon, Rajan
Conflict in Ukraine : the unwinding of the post-Cold War order
Cambridge, Mass. [u.a.] : The MIT Press 2015
Shelfmark: UKR/Staat/038

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Wickham, James
Unequal Europe : social divisions and social cohesion in an old continent
London ; Routledge, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Unglei/169


Mahoney, James
Advances in comparative-historical analysis
Cambridge : Cambridge Univ Press 2015
Shelfmark: MET/Design/231

Toepoel, Vera
Doing surveys online
Los Angeles ; SAGE, 2015
Shelfmark: MET/Design/232