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)
Book search interface for more than hundreds of million books and serials in library and book trade catalogs 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 - February 2017

Reference books

Aspalter, Christian
The Routledge international handbook to welfare state systems
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Handb/111

EU Integration

Jansen, Thomas
Europa verstehen : Reflexionen gegen die Krise der Union
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/601

Marhold, Hartmut
Europe in trouble : developing under the constraint of crises
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/600

Åslund, Anders
Europe's growth challenge
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/602

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Lima, Philomena de
International migration : the well-being of migrants
Edinburgh ; Dunedin, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bevgeo/225

Maley, William
What is a refugee?
London : Hurst & Company, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bevgeo/226

Education, science, research

Collins, H. M.
Why democracies need science
Cambridge ; Polity Press, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bild/097

Geo-JaJa, MacLeans A.
Effects of globalization on education systems and development : debates and issues
Rotterdam ; Sense Publishers, 2016
Shelfmark: AE/Bild/008

Labour market, classes, professions, status groups

Razzu, Giovanni
Gender inequality in the Eastern European labour market : twenty-five years of transition since the fall of communism
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Erwkla/521

Family, household, kinship

Baker, Catherine
Gender in twentieth-century Eastern Europe and the USSR
London ; Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/403

Evans, Mary
The persistence of gender inequality
Cambridge, UK ; Polity Press, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Famil/181

Kilkey, Majella
Family life in an age of migration and mobility : global perspectives through the life course
London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/402

Liu, Edgar
Multigenerational family living : evidence and policy implications from Australia
London ; Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2017
Shelfmark: AUS/Famil/003

Xu, Anqi
The Chinese family today
London ; Routledge, Tayloer & Francis Group, 2017
Shelfmark: ASI/Famil/010

Yoshida, Akiko
Unmarried women in Japan : the drift into singlehood
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
Shelfmark: ASI/Famil/011

Religion, culture, media

Colom González, Francisco
Multireligious society : dealing with religious diversity in theory and practice
Abingdon ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Kultur/142

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Grimm, Jürgen
Dynamics of national identity : media and societal factors of what we are
London ; Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/456

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Bilgin, Ayhan
Political culture of Turkey in the rule of the AKP : change and continuity = Politische Kultur der Türkei in der Herrschaft der AKP : Wandel und Kontinuität
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: TR/Polsoz/024

Gallagher, Michael
How Ireland voted 2016 : the election that nobody won
Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: IRL/Polsoz/040

Glencross, Andrew
Why the UK voted for Brexit : David Cameron's great miscalculation
London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/282

Heinisch, Reinhard Rudolf
Understanding populist party organisation : the radical right in Western Europe
London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1176

Holbrook, Thomas M.
Altered states : changing populations, changing parties, and the transformation of the American political landscape
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/236

Katsourides, Yiannos
Radical left parties in government : the cases of SYRIZA and AKEL
[London] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1181

Keating, Michael
Debating Scotland : issues of independence and union in the 2014 referendum
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/281

Kelley, Donald R.
Russian politics and presidential power : transformational leadership from Gorbachev to Putin
Los Angeles : Sage, CQ Press, 2017
Shelfmark: RUS/Polsoz/117

Lazaridis, Gabriella
Understanding the populist shift : othering in a Europe in crisis
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1180

Maarek, Philippe J.
La communication politique des Européennes de 2014 : pour ou contre l'Europe ?
Paris [u.a.] : L'Harmattan, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/323

March, Luke
Europe's radical left : from marginality to the mainstream?
London ; Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1177

Marzouki, Nadia
Saving the people : how populists hijack religion
Oxford ; Oxford University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1175

Mitchell, Dawn
National parliaments and the European Parliament : background, role and legislative processes for selected countries
New York : Nova Science Publishers, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1178

Peters, Yvette
Democratic transformations in Europe : challenges and opportunities
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1179

Potts, Charlotte
Protest im Land der unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten : Tea Party und Occupy im Vergleich
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/235

Winzen, Thomas
Constitutional preferences and parliamentary reform : explaining national parliaments' adaptation to European integration
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1174

Workshop "Voting experiments" 2014 Montreal
Voting experiments
[Switzerland] : Springer, 2016
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/195

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Gamble, Andrew
Can the welfare state survive?
Cambridge : Polity Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/241

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Barbé, Esther
EU policy responses to a shifting multilateral system
London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/561

Bifulco, Lavinia
Social policies and public action
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/1023

Greve, Carsten
Nordic administrative reforms : lessons for public management
London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/680

Guild, Elspeth
Brexit and its consequences for UK and EU citizenship or monstrous citizenship
Leiden ; Brill Nijhoff, 2017
Shelfmark: GB/Staat/118

Jančić, Davor
National parliaments after the Lisbon treaty and the Euro crisis : resilience or resignation?
New York : Oxford University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/679

Lapsley, Irvine
Modernizing the public sector : Scandinavian perspectives
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/678

Maatsch, Aleksandra
Parliaments and the economic governance of the European Union : talking shops or deliberative bodies
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/562

Marczuk, Karina Paulina
Reconciliation - partnership - security : cooperation between Poland and Germany 1991-2016 : the 25th anniversary of the treaty between the Republic of Poland and the Federal Republic of Germany on good neighbourliness and friendly cooperation
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/677

Trenin, Dmitrij V.
Should we fear Russia?
Cambridge : Polity Press, 2016
Shelfmark: RUS/Staat/070

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Calder, Gideon
How inequality runs in families : unfair advantage and the limits of social mobility
Bristol ; Policy Press, 2016
Shelfmark: GB/Unglei/059

Evans, Geoffrey
The new politics of class : the political exclusion of the British working class
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: GB/Unglei/060

Trade unions, employers' organisations, associations at EU level

Bitonti, Alberto
Lobbying in Europe : public affairs and the lobbying industry in 28 EU countries
London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Verbän/173

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Eitrheim, Øyvind
A monetary history of Norway, 1816-2016
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: N/Wirt/002

Working Papers

Möhring, Katja
Contextual determinants of citizens’ support for gender equality in leadership positions across Europe
Mannheim : Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung, 2017
Shelfmark: WP/D/MZES/ArbPap/169

Pohl, Katharina
Tabellenband ... zur Panelstudie des Bundesinstituts für Bevölkerungsforschung. tab,1, Ausgangsverteilungen nach der insgesamt vorhandenen Kinderzahl der in erster Ehe verheirateten Frauen
Wiesbaden : Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung 1986
Shelfmark: WP/D/BiB/Mat/045b

Scholten, Mirte
Labour market outcomes of higher-education dropouts in Germany : how formal vocational qualifications shape education-to-work transitions and occupational status
Mannheim : Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung, 2017
Shelfmark: WP/D/MZES/ArbPap/168