In the search for new inhibitors of bacterial metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs), a series of commonly used small molecule carboxylic acid derivatives were evaluated for their ability to inhibit New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase (NDM)-, Verona integron-encoded metallo-β-lactamase (VIM)-, and imipenemase (IMP)-type enzymes. Nitrilotriacetic acid ( 3 ) and N -(phosphonomethyl)iminodiacetic acid ( 5 ) showed promising activity especially against NDM-1 and VIM-2 with IC50 values in the low-to-sub μM range. Binding assays using isothermal titration calorimetry reveal that 3 and 5 bind zinc with high affinity with dissociation constant ( K d) values of 121 and 56 nM, respectively. The in vitro biological activity of 3 and 5 against E. coli expressing NDM-1 was evaluated in checkerboard format, demonstrating a strong synergistic relationship for both compounds when combined with Meropenem. Compounds 3 and 5 were then tested against 35 pathogenic strains expressing MBLs of the NDM, VIM, or IMP classes. Notably, when combined with Meropenem, compounds 3 and 5 were found to lower the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of Meropenem up to 128-fold against strains producing NDM- and VIM-type enzymes.