There was / used to be a library over there


#1
  1. There used to be a library over there.
  2. There was a library over there.
    What’s the difference in meaning between the above two sentences?

#2

Both have the same meaning, but I think #1 with “used to” emphasizes the fact that the library is no longer there.


#3

Just an additional point - ‘used to’ often indicates a sense of regret that something is no longer there whereas ‘was’ simply states the fact that something has gone.


#4

Yes, ‘used to’ could reflect sort of personal experience!