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-Su 10.00 – 22.00
Borrowing/returning hours: Mon-Fri 10.00 – 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:

  • Brigitte Reiss, Library Room No 129

New Acquisitions

Thematic focus - August 2020

Reference books

Juárez-Gámiz, Julio (Hrsg.)
Routledge international handbook on electoral debates
New York London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Handb/125

Suhay, Elizabeth (Hrsg.)
The Oxford handbook of electoral persuasion
New York, Oxford University Press, 2020
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Handb/126

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Smith, Sara
Political geography a critical introduction
Hoboken, NJ, Wiley Blackwell, 2020
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bevgeo/241

Education, science, research

Hirsch, Eric D.
How to educate a citizen the power of shared knowledge to unify a nation
Melton, Woodbridge, John Catt Educational Ltd, 2020
Shelfmark: USA/Bild/051

Labour market, classes, professions, status groups

MacLaughlin, Eithne Hrsg.
Understanding unemployment new perspectives on active labour market policies
London [u.a.], Routledge, 1992
Shelfmark: GB/Erwkla/018

Family, household, kinship

Deutschland Enquete-Kommission Demographischer Wandel - Herausforderungen Unserer Älter Werdenden Gesellschaft an den Einzelnen und die Politik
Zweiter Zwischenbericht der Enquete-Kommission "Demographischer Wandel - Herausforderungen Unserer Älter Werdenden Gesellschaft an den Einzelnen und die Politik"
Bonn, 1998
Shelfmark: D/Famil/102=2

Hepburn, Stephanie ; Simon, Rita J.
Women's roles and statuses the world over
Lanham, MD [u.a.], Lexington Books, 2006
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/278

Höpflinger, François (Hrsg.)
Wohnen in den späten Lebensjahren Grundlagen und regionale Unterschiede
Zürich, Seismo Verlag Sozialwissenschaften, 2019
Shelfmark: CH/Famil/013=4

Leira, Arnlaug
Working parents and the welfare state family change and policy reform in Scandinavia
Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2002
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/239

EU institutions

Yordanova, Nikoleta
Organising the European Parliament the role of committees and their legislative influence
Colchester, ECPR Press, 2013
Shelfmark: E.A./Inst/215

Religion, culture, media

Driscoll, Christopher M. (Hrsg.)
Kendrick Lamar and the making of black meaning
London, Routledge, 2020
Shelfmark: ALLG/Kultur/090

EU member states

König, Helmut - Hrsg.
Gehört die Türkei zu Europa? Wegweisungen für ein Europa am Scheideweg
Bielefeld, Transcript-Verl, 2005
Shelfmark: E.A./MGS/275

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Foy, Steven L.
Racism in America a reference handbook
Santa Barbara, California Denver, Colorado, ABC-CLIO, 2020
Shelfmark: USA/Nation/046

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Atikcan, Ece Özlem ; Nadeau, Richard
Framing risky choices Brexit and the dynamics of high-stakes referendums
Montreal Kingston London Chicago, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/313

Brewer, Mark D. ; Maisel, Louis Sandy
Parties and elections in America the electoral process
Lanham Boulder New York London, Rowman & Littlefield, 2021
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/272

Bruter, Michael ; Harrison, Sarah
Inside the mind of a voter a new approach to electoral psychology
Princeton, New Jersey Oxford, Princeton University Press, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1308

Cerovac, Ivan
Epistemic democracy and political legitimacy
Cham, palgrave macmillan, 2020
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/224

Damiani, Marco
Populist radical left parties in Western Europe
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1315

Froio, Caterina; Castelli Gattinara, Pietro
CasaPound Italia contemporary extreme-right politics
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: I/Polsoz/202

Hopkin, Jonathan
Anti-system politics the crisis of market, liberalism in rich democracies
New York, Oxford University Press, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1314

Kampfner, John
Why the Germans do it better notes from a grown-up country
London, Atlantic Books, 2020
Shelfmark: D/Polsoz/368

Kernalegenn, Tudi (Hrsg.)
Political parties abroad a new arena for party politics
London New York, NY, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1313

Khmelko, Irina (Hrsg.); Stapenhurst, Rick (Hrsg.)
Legislative decline in the 21st century a comparative perspective
New York, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1309

Klikauer, Thomas
Alternative für Deutschland The AFD$dGermanys new nazis or another populist party?
Brighton, Sussex Academic Press, 2020
Shelfmark: D/Polsoz/369

Laumond, Bénédicte
Policy responses to the radical right in France and Germany public actors, policy frames, and decision-making
London New York, NY, Routledge, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1310

Nadesan, Majia Holmer (Hrsg.)
Mapping populism approaches and methods
London New York, NY, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1311

Qvortrup, Mads (Hrsg.)
Nationalism, referendums and democracy voting on ethnic issues and independence
London New York, NY, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1312

Wilkin, Sam
History repeating why populists rise and governments fall
London, Profile Books, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/419

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Daly, Mary
Gender inequality and welfare states in Europe
Cheltenham, UK Northampton, MA, USA, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020
Shelfmark: E.A./Sozsta/501

Laenen, Tijs
Welfare deservingness and welfare policy popular deservingness opinions and their interaction with welfare state policies
Cheltenham, UK Northampton, MA, USA, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020
Shelfmark: THEO/Sozsta/106

Stiglitz, Joseph E. ; Fitoussi, Jean-Paul
Measuring what counts the global movement for well-being
New York, The New Press, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/272

Yang, Chae-jin (Hrsg.)
The small welfare state rethinking welfare in the US, Japan, and South Korea
Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020
Shelfmark: AE/Sozsta/020

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Stivers, Camilla
Democracy, bureaucracy, and the study of administration
Boulder, CO [u.a.], Westview Press, 2001
Shelfmark: THEO/Staat/031

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Saraceno, Chiara; Benassi, David
Poverty in Italy features and drivers in a European perspective
Bristol, Policy Press, 2020
Shelfmark: I/Unglei/021

Wiener, Gary (Hrsg.)
Privilege in America
New York, Greenhaven Publishing, 2020
Shelfmark: USA/Unglei/099


Pauwels, Luc (Hrsg.)
The SAGE handbook of visual research methods
Los Angeles, 2020
Shelfmark: MET/Design/254