Why do I need this account just to renew an item?
Bibiiocommons is a catalog overlay that Omaha Public Library purchased to give patrons better catalog searching and social media options, but you can still access the old catalog and your library account via the "Classic Catalog" link at the bottom of each catalog page; click on the My Account link in the upper right-hand corner here.
However, once you have set up a Bibliocommons account, you never have to go through those steps again--you will just log in directly with your user name or library card number and PIN and be able to place holds, check your account, etc. without more ado.
I hope this answered your question--let me know if not!