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 – 23.00
Sat-Sun 10.00 – 23.00
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 2019

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Boelhouwer, Jeroen
Trust, life satisfaction an opinions on immigration in 15 European countries
The Hague : The Netherlands Institute for Social Research, [2016]
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/550

Monetary, financial institutions

Kohajda, Michael
Financial system of the European Union after Brexit
Passau ; rw&w Science & New Media, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Finanz/215

International relations

Delcour, Laure
The EU and Russia in their "contested neighbourhood" : multiple external influences, policy transfer and domestic change
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/652

Religion, culture, media

Neri, Alfio
La forza dell'illusione : industria culturale, finanza e grande politica
Verona : Ombre corte, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Kultur/084

O'Connor, Cailin
The misinformation age : how false beliefs spread
New Haven ; Yale University Press, [2019]
Shelfmark: ALLG/Medien/063

Piechota, Grażyna
Cultural differences in network communication : how Polish, German and Ukrainian netizens use social media
Berlin ; Peter Lang, [2018]
Shelfmark: E.K./Medien/063

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Al, Serhun
Patterns of nationhood and saving the state in Turkey : Ottomanism, nationalism and multiculturalism
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: TR/Nation/009

Recchi, Ettore
Everyday Europe : social transnationalism in an unsettled continent
Bristol ; Policy Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/468

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Bermeo, Nancy Gina
Parties, movements and democracy in the developing world
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/343

Fielitz, Maik
Post-digital cultures of the far right : online actions and offline consequences in Europe and the US
Bielefeld : transcript Verlag, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1250

Giles, Keir
Moscow rules : what drives Russia to confront the West
Washington, DC : Brookings Institution Press, 2019
Shelfmark: RUS/Polsoz/127

Hendriks, Frank
Polder politics : the re-invention of consensus democracy in the Netherlands
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: NL/Polsoz/023

Ingham, Sean
Rule by multiple majorities : a new theory of popular control
Cambridge ; Cambridge University Press, [2019]
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/209

Iversen, Torben
Democracy and prosperity : reinventing capitalism through a turbulent century
Princeton ; Princeton University Press, [2019]
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/392

Laruelle, Marlène
Understanding Russia : the challenges of transformation
Lanham ; Rowman & Littlefield, [2019]
Shelfmark: RUS/Polsoz/126

Mayerhöffer, Eva
Elite cohesion in mediatized politics : European perspectives
London, New York : Rowman & Littlefield International, [2019]
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1251

Ramswell, Prebble Q.
Euroscepticism and the rising threat from the Left and Right : the concept of millennial fascism
Lanham, Maryland ; Lexington Books, [2018]
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/346

Simon, János
Hungarians and democracy in the era of postglobalization : as the Hungarian citizens see ; codebook of 14 polls (1989 - 2005)
Budapest : CEPOLITI, 2016
Shelfmark: H/Polsoz/042

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Hantrais, Linda
What Brexit means for EU and UK social policy
Bristol : Policy Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Sozsta/495

Sharipova, Dina
State-building in Kazakhstan : continuity and transformation of informal institutions
Lanham, MD ; Lexington Books, [2018]
Shelfmark: ASI/Sozsta/028

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Byrkjeflot, Haldor
Bureaucracy and society in transition : comparative perspectives
United Kingdom : Emerald Publishing, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/690

Frantziou, Eleni
The horizontal effect of fundamental rights in the European Union : a constitutional analysis
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/579

German, Tracey C.
The Ukrainian crisis : the role of, and implications for, sub-state and non-state actors
London ; Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: UKR/Staat/039

Graber, Mark A.
Constitutional democracy in crisis?
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/691

Merloni, Francesco
Corruption and public administration : the Italian case in a comparative perspective
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/692

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Karakoç, Ekrem
Inequality after the transition : political parties, party systems, and social policy in Southern and postcommunist Europe
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Unglei/187

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Crouch, Colin
Will the gig economy prevail?
Cambridge ; Polity Press, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Wirt/219

Hacker, Björn
Weniger Markt, mehr Politik : Europa rehabilitieren
Bonn : Dietz, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Wirt/290