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 - November 2018

Reference books

Thompson, Wayne C.
Western Europe 2018 - 2019
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Info/Handb/34=2018

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Foroutan, Naika
Postmigrantische Perspektiven : Ordnungssysteme, Repräsentationen, Kritik
Frankfurt ; Campus Verlag, 2018
Shelfmark: D/Bevgeo/178

Greenhalgh, Charlotte
Aging in twentieth-century Britain
Oakland, California : University of California Press, 2018
Shelfmark: GB/Bevgeo/049

Gutekunst, Miriam
Grenzüberschreitungen - Migration, Heirat und staatliche Regulierung im europäischen Grenzregime : eine Ethnographie
Bielefeld : transcript, 2018
Shelfmark: D/Bevgeo/179

Leal, David L.
Migration in an era of restriction and recession : sending and receiving nations in a changing global environment
Cham : Springer, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/547

Family, household, kinship

Majmundar, Malay Kiran
Future directions for the demography of aging : proceedings of a workshop
Washington, DC : The National Academies Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/414

Mehrotra, Chandra
Aging and diversity : an active learning experience
New York ; Routledge, 2019
Shelfmark: USA/Famil/088

Roché, Sebastian
Minority youth and social integration : the ISRD-3 study in Europe and the US
Cham : Springer, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/413

EU institutions

Costa, Olivier
How the EU really works
London ; Routledge, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Inst/240

International relations

Baker-Beall, Christopher
The European Union's fight against terrorism : discourse, policies, identity
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/645

Kuźniar, Roman
Europe in the international order
Bern : Peter Lang, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/644

Schwok, René
Did European construction contribute to peace?
Bruxelles : PIE Peter Lang, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/643

Religion, culture, media

Joppke, Christian
Der säkulare Staat auf dem Prüfstand : Religion und Politik in Europa und den USA
Hamburg : Hamburger Edition, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Kultur/083

Nelson, Lisa S.
Social media and morality : losing our self control
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; Cambridge University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Medien/061

Settle, Jaime
Frenemies : how social media polarizes America
Cambridge ; Cambridge University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: USA/Medien/020

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Schulze, Jennie L.
Strategic Frames : Europe, Russia, and minority inclusion in Estonia and Latvia
Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/466

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Aleksašenko, Sergej V.
Putin's counterrevolution
Shelfmark: RUS/Polsoz/122

Bluhm, Katharina
New conservatives in Russia and East Central Europe
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1245

Church, Clive H.
Political change in Switzerland : from stability to uncertainty
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: CH/Polsoz/075

Dasandi, Niheer
Is democracy failing? : a primer for the 21st century
London : Thames and Hudson, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/386

Duncan, Grant
The problem of political trust : a conceptual reformulation
London : Routledge, 2019
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/208

García Luengo, Óscar
Political communication in times of crisis
Berlin : Logos Verlag, 2016
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/385

Gentili, Dario
Italian critical thought : genealogies and categories
London ; Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018
Shelfmark: I/Polsoz/197

Hosp, Gerald
Brexit: zwischen Wahn und Sinn : eine Klippe für Grossbritannien und Europa
Zürich : NZZ Libro, 2018
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/300

Juchnowski, Jerzy
The image of «White» and «Red» Russia in the Polish political thought of the 19th and 20th Century : analogies and parallels
Berlin : Peter Lang, 2018
Shelfmark: RUS/Polsoz/123

Lēwî-Faur, Dāwid
Democratic empowerment in the European Union
Cheltenham, UK ; Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/344

Marinova, Dani
Coping with complexity : how voters adapt to unstable parties
Colchester : ECPR Press, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1244

Pospieszna, Paulina
Democracy assistance bypassing governments in recipient countries : supporting the "next generation"
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: OE/Polsoz/210

Sisco, Tauna S.
Political communication & strategy : consequences of the 2014 midterm elections
Akron : The University of Akron Press, 2017
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/258

Ó Beacháin, Donnacha
From partition to Brexit : the Irish government and Northern Ireland
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: IRL/Polsoz/042

Regional policy, integration of minorities

Stierl, Maurice
Migrant resistance in contemporary Europe
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Region/296

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Beresford, Peter
Social policy first hand : an international introduction to participatory social welfare
Bristol : Policy Press, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/258

Cohen, Shana
Austerity, community action, and the future of citizenship in Europe
Bristol : Policy Press, University of Bristol, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1040

Harper, Charles L.
Exploring social change : America and the world
Shelfmark: USA/Sozsta/180

Molokotos Liederman, Lina
Religion and welfare in Europe : gendered and minority perspectives
Bristol : Policy Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1041

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Nachtwey, Oliver
Germany's hidden crisis : social decline in the heart of Europe
London : Verso, 2018
Shelfmark: D/Unglei/097

Trade unions, employers' organisations, associations at EU level

Bolleyer, Nicole
The state and civil society : regulating interest groups, parties, and public benefit organizations in contemporary democracies
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Verbän/175

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Wagner, Peter
The moral mappings of south and north
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Wirt/218


Bergin, Tiffany
An introduction to data analysis : quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods
Los Angeles ; Sage, 2018
Shelfmark: MET/Analys/195

Bianconi, Ginestra
Multilayer networks : structure and function
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: MET/Design/245