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 - September 2018

Family, household, kinship

Montoro Gurich, Carolina
Políticas familiares
Pamplona : Ed Univ de Navarra SA 2008
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/411

International relations

Gstöhl, Sieglinde
The neighbours of the European Union's neighbours : diplomatic and geopolitical dimensions beyond the European neighbourhood policy
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/641

Pease, Kelly-Kate S.
International organizations : perspectives on global governance
New York ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Intbez

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Baluch, Alim
The disintegration of Bosnia and Herzegovina : from ethnic cleansing to ethnified governance
Oxford : Peter Lang Ltd., International Academic Publishers, 2018
Shelfmark: BiH/Nation/005

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Bieber, Florian
Social movements in the Balkans : rebellion and protest from Maribor to Taksim
London ; Routledge, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1234

Cavari, Amnon
The party politics of presidential rhetoric
New York NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/256

Deschouwer, Kris
Mind the gap : political participation and representation in Belgium
London , New York : Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017
Shelfmark: B/Polsoz/024

Evans, C. Lawrence
The whips : building party coalitions in Congress
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2018
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/257

Hoffmann, Heike
Die DDR im Jahr 1982
Berlin : Beauftragter zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur, 2018
Shelfmark: D/Polsoz/352

Lussier, Danielle N.
Constraining elites in Russia and Indonesia : political participation and regime survival
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1232

Olejnik, Anton
Building Ukraine from within : a sociological, institutional, and economic analysis of a nation-state in the making
Stuttgart : Ibidem-Verlag, 2018
Shelfmark: UKR/Polsoz/067

Rasch, Daniel
Lobbying success in the European Union : the role of information and frames
New York ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/339

Shore, Jennifer
The welfare state and the democratic citizen : how social policies shape political equality
Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1233

Weller, Patrick Moray
The prime ministers' craft : why some succeed and others fail in Westminster systems
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/296

Regional policy, integration of minorities

Weinar, Agnieszka
The Routledge handbook of the politics of migration in Europe
Abingdon, Oxon ; Routledge, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Region/293

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Blome, Agnes
The politics of work-family policy reforms in Germany and Italy
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1039

Oude Nijhuis, Dennie
Religion, class and the postwar development of the Dutch welfare state
Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: NL/Sozsta/023

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Vatter, Adrian
Swiss federalism : the transformation of a federal model
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: CH/Staat/037

Concepts & theories of integration, federalism, special theories

Mica, Adriana
Sociology of the invisible hand
Berlin : Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, 2018
Shelfmark: THEO/Grund/181

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Krysan, Maria
Cycle of segregation : social processes and residential stratification
New York : Russell Sage Foundation, 2017
Shelfmark: USA/Unglei/094

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Doxiadis, Evdoxios
Living under austerity : Greek society in crisis
New York ; Berghahn Books, 2018
Shelfmark: GR/Wirt/025


Grant, Aimee
Doing excellent social research with documents : practical examples and guidance for qualitative researchers
Abingdon, Oxon ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: MET/Erheb/103