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 - November 2019

General, social, economic history

Schmid, Ulrich
Ukraine contested nationhood in a European context
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: UKR/Allg/071

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Fasani, Francesco; Mastrobuoni, Giovanni
Does immigration increase crime? migration policy and the creation of the criminal immigrant
Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/554

Foroutan, Naika
Die postmigrantische Gesellschaft ein Versprechen der pluralen Demokratie
Bielefeld, transcript, 2019
Shelfmark: THEO/Bevgeo/042

Hunter, Wendy
Undocumented nationals between statelessness and citizenship
Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bevgeo/238

Sanderson, Warren C.; Scherbov, Sergei
Prospective longevity a new vision of population aging
Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bevgeo/237

Wieczorek, Anna Xymena
Migration and (im)mobility biographical experiences of Polish migrants in Germany and Canada
Bielefeld, transcript, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/555

Education, science, research

Wiseman, Alexander W. (Hrsg.)
Comparative perspectives on refugee youth education dreams and realities in educational systems worldwide
London, Routledge, 2019
Shelfmark: AE/Bild/010

Labour market, classes, professions, status groups

Hvinden, Bjørn (Hrsg.)
Youth unemployment and job insecurity in Europe problems, risk factors and policies
Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Erwkla/534

Family, household, kinship

Phillips, Anne
Feminism and politics
Oxford [u.a.], Oxford Univ Press, 2009
Shelfmark: ALLG/Famil/190

International relations

Gstöhl, Sieglinde (Hrsg.)
The proliferation of privileged partnerships between the European Union and its neighbours
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/662

Schade, Daniel
The EU in association agreement negotiations challenges to complex policy coordination
London; New York, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/661

Two-Day Policy Network Symposium on Globalization and Inequality Oxford; Diamond, Patrick (Hrsg.)
The crisis of globalization democracy, capitalism and inequality in the twenty-first century
London, IB Tauris, 2019
Shelfmark: ALLG/Intbez/520

Religion, culture, media

Dehanas, Daniel Nilsson (Hrsg.)
Religion and the rise of populism
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Kultur/150

EU member states

Walter Hallstein-Kolloquium Frankfurt am Main .; Kadelbach, Stefan (Hrsg.)
Brexit - and what it means
Baden-Baden, Nomos, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./MGS/500

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Fellerer, Jan (Hrsg.)
Identities in-between in East-Central Europe
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/476

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Annesley, Claire; Beckwith, Karen
Cabinets, ministers, and gender
New York, Oxford University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1290

Bale, Tim ; Webb, Paul
Footsoldiers political party membership in the 21st century
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/307

Cianetti, Licia
The quality of divided democracies minority inclusion, exclusion, and representation in the new Europe
Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press$h, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1288

Eibl, Otto (Hrsg.)
Thirty years of political campaigning in Central and Eastern Europe
Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1291

Fücks, Ralf ; Somers, Nick - ÜbersetzerIn
Defending freedom how we can win the fight for an open society
Cambridge, UK, Polity, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1286

Heinisch, Reinhard (Hrsg.)
The people and the nation populism and ethno-territorial politics in Europe
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1287

Hornát, Jan
Transatlantic democracy assistance promoting different models of democracy
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1293

Larres, Klaus (Hrsg.)
Understanding global politics actors and themes in International affairs
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/410

Meyer, Thomas (Hrsg.)
Cultures, nationalism and populism new challenges to multilateralism
London, Routledge, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1289

Shafer, Byron E. ; Wagner, Regina
The long war over party structure democratic representation and policy responsiveness in American politics
Cambridge, United Kingdom, Cambridge University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/267

Symposium "Contesting the Populist Challenge: Beyond "Orbánism" and "Trumpism" and the Normalization of Exclusion" Malmö; Bevelander, Pieter (Hrsg.)
Europe at the Crossroads confronting populist, nationalist, and global challenges
Lund, Nordic Academic Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1292

Weßels, Bernhard
Voters on the move or on the run?
Oxford [u.a.], Oxford Univ Press, 2014
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/315

Regional policy, integration of minorities

Mainwaring, Ċetta
At Europe's edge migration and crisis in the Mediterranean
Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Region/298

Welfare state, social policy, public health

An, Sofiya (Hrsg.); Chubarova, Tatiana (Hrsg.); Deacon, Bob (Hrsg.)
Social policy, poverty, and inequality in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union agency and institutions in flux
Stuttgart, Ibidem Verlag, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1051

Hajighasemi, Ali
European welfare states and globalization strategies in an era of economic restructuring
Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1053

Jawad, Rana (Hrsg.)
Social policy in the Middle East and North Africa the new social protection paradigm and universal coverage
Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019
Shelfmark: AE/Sozsta/019

Kuhnle, Stein (Hrsg.)
Globalizing welfare an evolving Asian-European dialogue
Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1052

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Czauderna, Christoph
Zivilgesellschaftliche Partizipation und Demokratie eine Rekonstruktion der demokratischen Legitimation europäischer Gesetzgebung
Baden-Baden, Nomos, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/589

D'Anieri, Paul J.
Ukraine and Russia from civilized divorce to civil war
Cambridge, United Kingdom, Cambridge University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: OE/Staat/113

Gladwell, Malcolm
Talking to strangers what we should know about the people we don't know
[London], Allen Lane an imprint of Penguin Books, 2019
Shelfmark: USA/Staat/071

Hofmann, Herwig (Hrsg.)
The metamorphosis of the European economic constitution
Cheltenham, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/590

Ērakleidēs, Alexēs (Hrsg.)
Greece and Turkey in conflict and cooperation from Europeanization to de-Europeanization
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/701

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Greve, Bent
Poverty the basics
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/204

Trade unions, employers' organisations, associations at EU level

Connolly, Heather ; Marino, Stefania
The politics of social inclusion and labor representation immigrants and trade unions in the European context
Ithaca, ILR Press an imprint of Cornell University Press, 2019
Shelfmark: E.K./Verbän/176

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Studies on Balkanand Near Eastern social sciences
Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Wirt/424

Gorzelak, Grzegorz (Hrsg.)
Social and economic development in Central and Eastern Europe stability and change after 1990
London, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020
Shelfmark: E.K./Wirt/423


Adams, Jimi
Gathering social network data
Los Angeles, SAGE, 2020
Shelfmark: MET/Design/041=180

Johnson, Janet Buttolph ; Reynolds, Henry T.
Political science research methods
London, CQ Press; Sage, 2020
Shelfmark: MET/Allg/093