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 - April 2018

Reference books

Jopp, Tobias Alexander
Historische Statistik lehren : quellenkritische Vermittlung von Zielen und Methoden statistischen Arbeitens in der Geschichtswissenschaft
Schwalbach : Wochenschau Verlag, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Daten/021

Uslaner, Eric M.
The Oxford handbook of social and political trust
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Handb/117

General, social, economic history

Barbu, Daniel
Rumäniens "Rückkehr" nach Europa : Versuch einer Bilanz
Wien : new academic press, 2017
Shelfmark: RO/ALLG/020

Family, household, kinship

Carlson, Allan C.
Fractured generations : crafting a family policy for twenty-first-century America
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: USA/Famil/087

Religion, culture, media

Galdieri, Christopher J.
Role of twitter in the 2016 US election
Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
Shelfmark: USA/Medien/019

Mückl, Stefan
Kirche und Staat in Mittel- und Osteuropa : die Entwicklung des Staat-Kirche-Verhältnisses in den Transformationsländern Mittel- und Osteuropas seit 1990
Berlin : Duncker & Humblot, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Kultur/145

Rosling, Hans
Factfulness : wie wir lernen, die Welt so zu sehen, wie sie wirklich ist
Berlin : Ullstein, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Medien/054

EU member states

Batory, Agnes
Policy experiments, failures and innovations : beyond accession in Central and Eastern Europe
Cheltenham, UK : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./MGS/495

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Albertus, Michael
Authoritarianism and the elite origins of democracy
Cambridge ; Cambridge University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1221

Chomsky, Noam
Yugoslavia : peace, war, and dissolution
Oakland : PM Press, 2018
Shelfmark: YU/Polsoz/009

Fabbrini, Federico
The law & politics of Brexit
Oxford, United Kingdom ; Oxford University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/291

Ferente, Serena
Cultures of voting in pre-modern Europe
London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1219

Hutcheson, Derek S.
Parliamentary elections in Russia : a quarter-century of multiparty politics
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: RUS/Polsoz/120

Magone, José M.
Contemporary Spanish politics
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: E/Polsoz/054=3

Page, Benjamin I.
Democracy in America? : What has gone wrong and what we can do about it
Chicago ; University of Chicago Press, 2017
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/252

Roca Martinez, Beltrán
Challenging austerity : radical left and social movements in the South of Europe
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1220

Wolchik, Sharon L.
Central and East European politics : from communism to democracy
Lanham ; Rowman & Littlefield, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1222

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Kamali, Masoud
Neoliberalism, nordic welfare states and social work : current and future challenges
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1036

Spies, Dennis Christopher
Immigration and welfare state retrenchment : why the US experience is not reflected in Western Europe
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Sozsta/494

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Leston-Bandeira, Cristina
Exploring Parliament
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: GB/Staat/119

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Dorling, Daniel
Do we need economic inequality?
Cambridge, UK ; polity, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/188

Fée, David
Inequalities in the UK : new discourses, evolutions and actions
Bingley [und weitere] : Emerald, 2018
Shelfmark: GB/Unglei/063

Scanlon, Thomas
Why does inequality matter?
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: THEO/Unglei/080

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Meghir, Costas
Beyond austerity : reforming the Greek economy
Cambridge, Massachusetts ; The MIT Press, 2017
Shelfmark: GR/Wirt/024


Atkinson, Paul
Thinking ethnographically
Los Angeles : Sage, 2017
Shelfmark: MET/Erheb/101

Working Papers

Pollak, Reinhard
Education as an equalizing force : how have declining educational inequality and educational expansion contributed to more social fluidity in Germany?
Mannheim : Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung, 2018
Shelfmark: WP/D/MZES/ArbPap/171

Staudt, Alexander
Kampagnendynamik bei der Bundestagswahl 2017 : die Rolling Cross-Section-Studie im Rahmen der "German Longitudinal Election Study" 2017
Mannheim : Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung, 2018
Shelfmark: WP/D/MZES/ArbPap/172