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


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 - August 2019

EU Integration

Alomar, Bruno
La réforme ou l'insignifiance dix ans pour sauver l'Union européenne
Paris, Editions de l'école de guerre, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/622

Amato, Giuliano (Hrsg.)
The history of the European Union constructing utopia
Oxford, Hart, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/624

Kearns, Ian
Collapse Europe after the European Union
London, Biteback Publishing, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/623

General, social, economic history

Mees, Ludger
The Basque contention ethnicity, politics, violence
London, Routledge, 2019
Shelfmark: E/Allg/093

Ockert, Susan
The history of social change in America
Lanham, Bernan Press, 2019
Shelfmark: USA/Allg/026

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Farmbry, Kyle
Migration and xenophobia a three country exploration
Lanham, Lexington Books, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/553

Healy, Róisín (Hrsg.) einer Einleitung
Mobility in the Russian, Central and East European past
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: RUS/Bevgeo/016

Lüthi, Barbara (Hrsg.)
Switzerland and migration historical and current perspectives on a changing landscape
Cham, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
Shelfmark: CH/Bevgeo/026

Education, science, research

Roth, Gary
The educated underclass students and the promise of social mobility
London, Pluto Press, 2019
Shelfmark: USA/Bild/050

Labour market, classes, professions, status groups

Berkel, Rik van (Hrsg.)
Frontline delivery of welfare-to-work policies in Europe activating the unemployed
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Erwkla/532

Family, household, kinship

Grunow, Daniela (Hrsg.)
New parents in Europe work-care practices, gender norms and family policies
Cheltenham, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/416

Monetary, financial institutions

Dooley, Neil
The European periphery and the Eurozone crisis capitalist diversity and Europeanisation
London, Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Finanz/218

International relations

Góra, Magdalena (Hrsg.)
Contestation of EU enlargement and European neighbourhood policy actors, arenas and arguments
Copenhagen, Djøf Publishing, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/657

Religion, culture, media

Horsch, Silvia (Hrsg.)
Der Islam und die Geschlechterfrage Theologische, gesellschaftliche, historische und praktische Aspekte einer Debatte
Berlin, Peter Lang, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Kultur/087

Marankudakēs, Manusos E.
The Greek crisis and its cultural origins a study in the theory of multiple modernities
Cham, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
Shelfmark: GR/Kultur/007

Sheikh, Mona Kanwal (Hrsg.)
Entering religious minds the social study of radical worldviews
New York, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Kultur/088

Wang, Xiaode
Empire of culture the study of global americanization in 20th century
[Reading], Paths International Ltd, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Kultur/089

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Grimm, Joshua (Hrsg.)
How public policy impacts racial inequality
Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: USA/Nation/044

Picker, Giovanni
Racial cities governance and the segregation of Romani people in urban Europe
London, Routledge, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/475

Voskresenskij, Aleksej Dmitrievič (Hrsg.)
The regional world order transregionalism, regional integration, and regional projects across Europe and Asia
Lanham, Lexington Books, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/474

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Alexander, Robert M.
Representation and the Electoral College
New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/264

Brito Vieira, Mónica (Hrsg.)
Reclaiming representation contemporary advances in the theory of political representation
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/215

Dupont, Claire (Hrsg.)
The edges of political representation mapping, critiquing, and pushing the boundaries
London, ECPR Press Rowman & Littlefield International, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/401

Fabbrini, Sergio
Europe's future decoupling and reforming
Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/350

Fekete, Liz
Europe's fault lines racism and the rise of the right
London, Verso, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1271

Green-Pedersen, Christoffer
The reshaping of West European party politics agenda-setting and party competition in comparative perspective
Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1270

Iancu, Alexandra (Hrsg.)
Reforms, democratization and anti-corruption in Romania and Bulgaria ten years of EU membership = Réformes, démocratisation et anti-corruption en Roumanie et Bulgarie : dix ans d'adhésion à l'Union Européenne
Bucureşti, Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1274

Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz, Beata (Hrsg.)
Young people and active citizenship in post-Soviet times a challenge for citizenship education
London, Routledge Taylor & Franics Group, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1269

Langenbacher, Eric (Hrsg.)
Twilight of the Merkel era power and politics in Germany after the 2017 Bundestag election
New York, Berghahn Books, 2019
Shelfmark: D/Polsoz/354

Lapabitsas, Kōstas
The left case against the EU
Cambridge, UK, Polity, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/351

Manuel, Paul Christopher
Checks and balances? how a parliamentary system could change American politics
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1267

Marchi, Riccardo
The Portuguese far right between late authoritarianism and democracy (1945-2015)
London, Routledge, 2019
Shelfmark: P/Polsoz/020

Müller, Julian
Political pluralism, disagreement and justice the case for polycentric democracy
New York,London, Routledge, 2019
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/214

Renton, Dave
The new authoritarians convergence on the right
London, Pluto Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1268

Roßteutscher, Sigrid MitwirkendeR einer Einleitung
Zwischen Polarisierung und Beharrung die Bundestagswahl 2017
Baden-Baden, Nomos, 2019
Shelfmark: D/Polsoz/355

Saunders, Clare (Hrsg.); Klandermans, Bert (Hrsg.)
When citizens talk about politics
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1273

Sultănescu, Dan (Hrsg.)
Challenges in strategic communication and fighting propaganda in Eastern Europe solutions for a future common project
Amsterdam, IOS Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1272

Tilly, Charles ; Castañeda, Ernesto
Social movements, 1768 - 2018
New York, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/190=4

Urbinati, Nadia
Me the people how populism transforms democracy
Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/213

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Caldwell, Peter C.
Democracy, capitalism, and the welfare state debating social order in postwar West Germany, 1949-1989
Oxford, United Kingdom, Oxford University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: D/Sozsta/334

Mattila, Mikko ; Rapeli, Lauri ; Wass, Hanna ; Söderlund, Peter
Health and political engagement
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: THEO/Sozsta/104

Midgley, James (Hrsg.)
Handbook of social policy and development
Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/263

Schatzki, Theodore R.
Social change in a material world
New York, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: THEO/Sozsta/103

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Basu, Rumki
Public administration in the 21st century a global south perspective
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Staat/193

Bindi, Federiga (Hrsg.)
Europe and America the end of the transatlantic relationship?
Washington, D.C., Brookings Institution Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/698

Efendic, Adnan (Hrsg.)
Meaningful reform in the Western Balkans between formal institutions and informal practices
Bern, Peter Lang, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/699

Ivic, Sanja
EU citizenship towards a postmodern conception of citizenship
Wilmington, Delaware, Vernon Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/586

Monteleone, Carla
Italy in uncertain times Europeanizing foreign policy in the declining process of the American hegemony
Lanham, Lexington Books, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/697

Zamparini, Luca (Hrsg.)
Features and challenges of the EU budget a multidisciplinary analysis
Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/585

Zihnioğlu, Özge
EU-Turkey relations civil society and depoliticization
London, Routledge, 2020
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/587

Environmental policy

Ehnert, Franziska; Jann, Werner - AkademischeR BetreuerIn
Climate policy in Denmark, Germany, Estonia and Poland ideas, discourses and institutions
Cheltenham, UK, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Umwelt/071

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Doob, Christopher B.
Social inequality and social stratification in US society
New York, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: USA/Unglei/072=2

Halpern-Meekin, Sarah
Social poverty low-income parents and the struggle for family and community ties
New York, New York University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: USA/Unglei/097

Lessenich, Stephan ; Somers, Nick - ÜbersetzerIn
Living well at others' expense the hidden costs of Western prosperity
Cambridge, Polity, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/198

Platt, Lucinda
Understanding inequalities stratification and difference
Cambridge, UK, Polity Press, 2019
Shelfmark: GB/Unglei/053=2

Trade unions, employers' organisations, associations at EU level

Seeliger, Martin
Trade unions in the course of European integration the social construction of organized interests
New York, Routledge, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Verbän/127


"Econometrics of Complex Survey Data Theory and Applications" Conference Ottawa; Huynh, Kim P. (Hrsg.)
The econometrics of complex survey data theory and applications
Bingley, Emerald Publishing, 2019
Shelfmark: MET/Design/249