Library | Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung



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 - July 2018

Reference books

Mitchell, Brian R.
European historical statistics 1750 - 1970
London [u.a.] : MacMillan 1975
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Daten/5=1

EU Integration

Kreis, Georg
Gerechtigkeit für Europa : eine Kritik der EU-Kritik
Basel : Schwabe [2017]
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/613

General, social, economic history

Koleva, Svetla
Totalitarian experience and knowledge production : sociology in Central and Eastern Europe 1945-1989
Leiden ; Brill, 2018
Shelfmark: OE/Allg/134

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Sivaramakrishnan, Kavita
As the world ages : rethinking a demographic crisis
Cambridge ; Harvard University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: AE/Bevgeo/010

Education, science, research

Schneider, Silke L.
The International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED-97) : an evaluation of content and criterion validity for 15 European countries
Mannheim : Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung 2008
Shelfmark: E.K./Bild/237

Schneider, Silke L.
The International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED-97) : an evaluation of content and criterion validity for 15 European countries
Mannheim : Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung 2008
Shelfmark: E.K./Bild/237

Family, household, kinship

Bolzan, Mario
Domani in famiglia
Milano : F Angeli 2018
Shelfmark: I/Famil/032

International relations

Poast, Paul
Organizing democracy : how international organizations assist new democracies
Chicago ; The University of Chicago Press, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Intbez/512

Tino, Elisa
Non-governmental interests in international regional organizations
Leiden ; Brill Nijhoff, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Intbez/513

Üstün, Çiǧdem
The rise and fall of europeanization : what is next for Turkey-EU relations?
Berlin : Peter Lang, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/638

Religion, culture, media

Everton, Sean F.
Networks and religion : ties that bind, loose, build-up and tear down
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 3/2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Kultur/082

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

La Francia mondiale : parigi ripensa il mondo per salvarsi dal declino Macron, Giove all'Eliseo
Limes : rivista italiana di geopolitica, 2018
Shelfmark: F/Nation/029

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Felicetti, Andrea
Deliberative democracy and social movements : transition initiatives in the public sphere
New York ; Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/376

Foret, François
European values : challenges and opportunities for EU governance
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/337

Galston, William A.
Anti-Pluralism : the populist threat to liberal democracy
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1229

Korte, Karl-Rudolf
Parteiendemokratie in Bewegung : Organisations- und Entscheidungsmuster der deutschen Parteien im Vergleich
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2018
Shelfmark: D/Polsoz/351

Rahat, Gideon
From party politics to personalized politics? : Party change and political personalization in democracies
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1228

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Hinna, Alessandro
Cambiamento e complessità nella pubblica amministrazione : ruoli, risorse e trasparenza
Milano : Egea marzo 2018
Shelfmark: I/Staat/040

Rose-Ackerman, Susan
Due process of lawmaking : the United States, South Africa, Germany, and the European Union
Cambridge ; Cambridge University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/687

Sowa, Frank
The transformation of work in welfare state organizations : new public management and the institutional diffusion of ideas
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/686

Environmental policy

O'Neill, Kate
The environment and international relations
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Umwelt/053

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Bethencourt, Francisco
Inequality in the Portuguese-speaking world : global and historical perspectives
Brighton ; Sussex Academic Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Unglei/185

Cohen, Gerald A.
Per l'eguaglianza e la giustizia
Roma : L'asino d'oro edizioni 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/190

Dorling, Daniel
Peak inequality : Britain's ticking time bomb
Bristol : Policy Press, 2018
Shelfmark: GB/Unglei/064

Sosa Elízaga, Raquel
Facing an unequal world : challenges for global sociology
Los Angeles ; SAGE, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/189

Trade unions, employers' organisations, associations at EU level

Hollman, Michelle
Interest group organisation in the European Union : How internal organisational structures shape interest group agency
London ; Routledge, Taylosr & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Verbän/125

Park, Susan
International organisations and global problems : theories and explanations
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Verbän/049

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Voicu, Anca
Trade, development and structural change : Central and Eastern Europe
London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Wirt/422

Working Papers

Konferenz anlässlich der 40-jährigen Anwendung des Deutsch-Polnischen Abkommens über die Renten- und Unfallversicherung 2017 Warschau
Die Angemessenheit der Altersrentensysteme : Konferenz anlässlich der 40-jährigen Anwendung des deutsch-polnischen Abkommens über die Renten- und Unfallversicherung am 24. und 25. April 2017 in Warschau
Berlin : Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund, 2018
Shelfmark: WP/D/DRV/Schrif/114