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 - October 2019

General, social, economic history

Vercueil, Julien
Économie politique de la Russie (1918-2018)
[Paris], Éditions du Seuil, 2019
Shelfmark: RUS/Allg/050

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Vickers, Tom
Borders, migration and class in an age of crisis producing workers and immigrants
Bristol, Bristol University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: GB/Bevgeo/051

Education, science, research

Blandford, Sonia
Social mobility chance or choice?
Melton, Woodbridge, John Catt, 2019
Shelfmark: GB/Bild/042

Marhold, Hartmut (Hrsg.)
Wegbegleiter der europäischen Integration 60 Jahre Institut für Europäische Politik
Baden-Baden, Nomos, 2019
Shelfmark: D/Bild/236

Labour market, classes, professions, status groups

Gall, Gregor (Hrsg.)
Handbook of the politics of labour, work and employment
Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Erwkla/114

Family, household, kinship

McNamara, Tay K.; Williamson, John B.
Ageism past, present, and future
New York, Routldge, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Famil/188

International relations

Léonard, Sarah; Kaunert, Christian
Refugees, security and the European Union
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/659

Paladini, Stefania; Castellucci, Ignazio
European security in a post-Brexit world
Bingley, Emerald Publishing, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/660

Religion, culture, media

Graham, Mark (Hrsg.)
Society and the Internet how networks of information and communication are changing our lives
Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Medien/068

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Agnew, John A. ; Shin, Michael Edward
Mapping populism taking politics to the people
Lanham, Rowman & Littlefield, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1281

Antal, Attila
Rise of Hungarian populism state autocracy and the Orbán regime
Bingley, Emerald Publishing, 2019
Shelfmark: H/Polsoz/043

Baturo, Alexander (Hrsg.)
The politics of presidential term limits
Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: AE/Polsoz/014

Blokker, Paul (Hrsg.)
Multiple populisms Italy as democracy's mirror
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: I/Polsoz/199

Bubeck, Johannes ; Marinov, Nikolay
Rules and allies foreign election interventions
Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/409

Charalambous, Giorgos (Hrsg.)
Left radicalism and populism in Europe
Abingdon, Oxon, Routledge, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1280

De Leon, Cedric
Crisis! When political parties lose the consent to rule
Stanford, California, Stanford University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/266

Elliott, Heather (Hrsg.)
Federalism and social policy patterns of redistribution in 11 democracies
Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1283

Fieschi, Catherine
Populocracy the tyranny of authenticity and the rise of populism
Newcastle upon Tyne, Agenda Publishing, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1277

Graney, Katherine
Russia, the former Soviet republics, and Europe since 1989 transformation and tragedy
New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1285

Hutter, Swen (Hrsg.)
European party politics in times of crisis
Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1284

Johnston, Jim (Hrsg.)
The Scottish Parliament at twenty
Edinburgh, Luath Press Limited, 2019
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/305

McDonnell, Duncan ; Werner, Annika
International populism the radical right in the European parliament
London, Hurst & Company, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/353

Muriaas, Ragnhild L. (Hrsg.)
Gendered electoral financing money, power and representation in comparative perspective
New York, NY, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1278

Partos, Rebecca
The making of the Conservative Party's immigration policy
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, Routledge, 2019
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/306

Passarelli, Gianluca
Preferential voting systems influence on intra-party competition and voting behaviour
Cham, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1282

Powell, G. Bingham
Ideological representation: achieved and astray elections, institutions, and the breakdown of ideological congruence in parliamentary democracies
Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/220

Revelli, Marco
The new populism democracy stares into the abyss
London, Verso Books, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1279

Ritchie, Angus
Inclusive populism creating citizens in the global age
Notre Dame, Indiana, University of Notre Dame Press, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/407

Schuett, Robert (Hrsg.)
The Edinburgh companion to political realism
Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/219

Sidman, Andrew H.
Pork barrel politics how government spending determines elections in a polarized era
New York, Columbia University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/265

Trepanier, Lee (Hrsg.)
Walk away when the political Left turns right
Lanham, Lexington Books, 2019
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/221

Wilson, James L.
Democratic equality
Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/408

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Becker, Ulrich (Hrsg.)
Long-term care in Europe a juridical approach
Cham, Springer, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1050

Edling, Nils (Hrsg.)
The changing meanings of the welfare state histories of a key concept in the Nordic countries
New York, Berghahn Books, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1049

Missoni, Eduardo ; Pacileo, Guglielmo
Global health governance and policy an introduction
London, Routledge, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/264

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Halonen, Kirsi-Maria (Hrsg.)
Transparency in EU procurements disclosure within public procurement and during contract execution
Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/588

Pap, András László
Democratic decline in Hungary law and society in an illiberal democracy
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: H/Staat/016

Sadurski, Wojciech
Poland's constitutional breakdown
Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: PL/Staat/024

Concepts & theories of integration, federalism, special theories

Bojadžijev, Manuela (Hrsg.)
Europa dezentrieren globale Verflechtungen neu denken
Frankfurt, Campus Verlag, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Theorie/125

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Chaskin, Robert J. (Hrsg.)
Social exclusion in cross national perspective actors, actions, and impacts from above and below
New York, Oxford University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: AE/Unglei/007

Christiansen, Christian Olaf (Hrsg.)
Histories of global inequality new perspectives
Cham, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/202

Piketty, Thomas
Capital et idéologie
Paris, Éditions du Seuil, 2019
Shelfmark: THEO/Unglei/081

Prabhu, K. Seeta; Iyer, Sandhya S.
Human development in an unequal world
New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/203

Soudien, Crain (Hrsg.)
Poverty & inequality diagnosis prognosis responses : state of the nation
Cape Town, HSRC Press, 2019
Shelfmark: AFR/Unglei/002

Trade unions, employers' organisations, associations at EU level

Lehndorff, Steffen ; Dribbusch, Heiner
European trade unions in a time of crises an overview
Shelfmark: E.A./Verbän/128

Working Papers

Jäger, Kai
Von Jamaika zur Groko die Ergebnisse der Befragung unter Funktionären und Anhängern zu den Koalitionsverhandlungen nach der Bundestagswahl 2017
Mannheim, Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung, 2019
Shelfmark: WP/D/MZES/ArbPap/174

Kaltenborn, Bruno (Hrsg.)
Grundsicherung im Alter und bei Erwerbsminderung: ein statistisches Kompendium Forschungsbericht für das Forschungsnetzwerk Alterssicherung (FNA) der Deutschen Rentenversicherung Bund
Berlin, Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund, 2019
Shelfmark: WP/D/DRV/Schrif/118